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With Jim Ryan Departing, The New Head Of PlayStation Is Actually Two Heads

One CEO exits, two new CEOs take his place

News has broken today that replacing Jim Ryan as head of PlayStation looks to be a two person affair, with two suitable candidates splitting to expand and better define the responsibilities within such a leadership role.

Hermen Hulst and Hideaki Nishino will adopt new titles, working to develop and define new areas of focus for the PlayStation brand.

Hulst will serve as the CEO for the newly named ‘Studio Business Group’, focusing on PlayStations first-party teams and overseeing development of PlayStation intellectual properties in the realm of TV and film.

Hideaki will lead the ‘Platform Business Group’, including console hardware, technology, accessories, PlayStation Network and third-party relations such as major publishing arms and indie development houses.

While it is clear that the division of tasks makes sense, it is still as great an excuse as ever to link the most poignant take in regards to sharing leadership to ever grace television:

Both individuals will continue to report to Sony Interactive Entertainment chairman Hiroki Totoki, who has been acting CEO of the division since Jim Ryan stepped down from the role at the end of March.

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Via GameIndustry, Totoki is quoted as saying:

Sony Interactive Entertainment is a dynamic and growing business that delivers incredible entertainment experiences through the connection of content and technology. These two leaders will have clear responsibilities and will manage strategic direction to ensure the focus remains on deepening engagement with existing PlayStation users and expanding experiences to new audiences.

It is worth noting that both Hermen Hulst and Hideaki Nishino represent internal hires for their respective roles, serving as PlayStation veterans for the sake of understanding what is required of them. Hulst in particular serving as co-founder, managing director and later the studio head of Guerrilla Games before starting his ascent upwards within the wider company.

Written By Ash Wayling

Known throughout the interwebs simply as M0D3Rn, Ash is bad at video games. An old guard gamer who suffers from being generally opinionated, it comes as no surprise that he is both brutally loyal and yet, fiercely whimsical about all things electronic. On occasion will make a youtube video that actually gets views. Follow him on YouTube @Bad at Video Games


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