Andrew House, current president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment is moving on to new things. John Kodera, current deputy president, will be stepping in to replace him in both roles. House shall transition from operations management but will be staying on as Chairman through the year to ensure a smooth transition process. The announcement was made today by Sony.
Kodera will be taking control of operations for Sony Interactive Entertainment, including its global gaming and network services businesses. He will report directly to Sony Corporation President Kazuo Hirai.
House has led SIE throughout the latest console generation, helping to bring it to the number one sport in the console market. He has spent more than twenty-five years with Sony, taking over SIE’s leadership in 2011 and became a familiar face to gamers via various appearances at gaming conventions and tradeshows such as E3. House often came across as both down to earth and enthusiastic about the gaming industry, and Sony’s gaming arm expanded both its reach and its market under his leadership.
Below is a statement from Andrew House. At the moment it is not hinted what his long-term plans are.
I’m tremendously proud of what we’ve built with PlayStation and Sony Interactive Entertainment: entertaining millions globally with the best in games and creating a fully fledged digital entertainment company. PlayStation has been a huge part of my life for more than 20 years, but with the business having achieved record-breaking success, now seemed to be the right time for me to pursue new challenges. I shall always treasure the friendships and people that have made SIE such a wonderful place to work. I’m also grateful to PlayStation fans and gamers around the world for their loyalty and support. John and the team at SIE are world-class and I know the future of PlayStation is very bright.