Jim Ryan, the Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO of PlayStation, will part ways with the company in March 2024 after almost three decades. In a statement, Ryan said he had “relished the opportunity to have a job I love in a very special company, working with great people and incredible partners.”
Having joined Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in 1994, Ryan tracked his way up the career ladder. As of January 2018, he was President of SIEE, Head of Global Sales and Marketing at SIE, and Deputy President of SIE before taking the job as SIE President and CEO. Regarding his decision to step away, Ryan said he had “found it increasingly difficult to reconcile living in Europe and working in North America.”
“I will leave having been privileged to work on products that have touched millions of lives across the world; PlayStation will always be part of my life, and I feel more optimistic than ever about the future of SIE. I want to thank Yoshida-san for placing so much trust in me and being an incredibly sensitive and supportive leader,” he added.
The report confirmed that Sony Group Corporation President, COO, and CFO Hiroki Totoki would take on the role of Chairman of SIE “effective October 2023” before transitioning to the position of Interim CEO of SIE on April 1, 2024.
“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Jim Ryan for his outstanding achievements and contributions over his 30-year career at Sony, including the great success of launching the PlayStation 5,” said Totoki.
“I will work with Jim and the senior management team closely to ensure our continued success and further growth. I am also looking forward to creating the exciting future of PlayStation and the game industry together with everyone at SIE and its business partners.”
The Chairman and CEO of Sony Group Corporation, Kenichiro Yoshida, described Ryan as “an inspirational leader” and felt “immensely grateful to Jim for all his achievements.