Who’s the Boss: Kazuo Hirai Is/Isn’t Sony’s New CEO
Over the weekend, there were some conflicting ideas about the state of Sony’s top spot. According to a post on Mashable, Japaneese business paper Nikkei reported that Sony’s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, had stepped down from his role, and that the company would name consumer products chief (who is Mr. PlayStation over there) Kazuo Hirai as his replacement. It wouldn’t be totally surprising for Sony’s CEO to step down at this point, as 2011 was not a very good year for the company (they posted their fourth consecutive year-end financial loss, and they even had their international credit rating downgraded).
But then today, a post on Eurogamer seemed to reveal that things were a bit muddier than they seemed at first. It seems as though Sony is keeping mum on the whole situation, issuing a statement to throw water on the flames of speculation:
“Certain media reports were published on January 7th, 2012 regarding Sony Corporation’s executive officers’ appointments. Sony Corporation has made no announcement in this regard and nothing has been determined at this time.”
So is Stringer still in place? Is he planning on stepping down any time soon? And either way, where does that leave Hirai?
Stay tuned as we learn more about this Sony Baloney.