Ken Kutaragi, the man known as the father of the PlayStation, is leaving the post of president of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. in a shuffle the company is describing as “a reinforcement of the management team and an opportunity to train the next generation of Sony’s leaders.”
The move follows well-publicized problems with the launch of PlayStation3, though the company denied he has been pushed aside.
Kaz Hirai, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, will step in as president and chief operating officer, though Kutaragi will retain his title of group CEO.
Jack Tretton, head of Sony’s U.S. gaming arm, will take over for Hirai, becoming the first non-Japanese to take the post.
The company also announced the appointment of Akira Sato as vice chairman. David Reeves, president, CEO and chief operating officer of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, is named deputy president of SCEI.