Following the departure of Shaun Layden several years ago, Jim Ryan took on the head role at Sony Interactive Entertainment, leading PlayStation to some of its most profitable quarters and steering the launch of the PlayStation 5. With the PS5 now established and continuing to do well, Jim Ryan is stepping down.
Ryan will be retiring from Sony after a 30 year career in March 2024. He took on the President and CEO role at SIE back in February 2019 and has appeared in multiple showcase videos to introduce big new game launches and in some instances, new hardware and accessories. The PS5 is currently the highest selling new-gen console and while Microsoft is set to grow substantially with its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the PlayStation brand is in a strong position for the years ahead, particularly with games now shipping on both console and PC, opening Sony up to a new market.
As reported by Eurogamer, Ryan said the following in his retirement announcement: “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 [Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida] for placing so much trust in me and being an incredibly sensitive and supportive leader.”
With Ryan leaving in 2024, Sony Group COO and CFO, Hiroki Totoki, will be taking over as interim CEO at SIE until a new candidate is established.
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KitGuru Says: While Jim Ryan has only made headlines in recent years after becoming head of SIE, he was worked at Sony and on the PlayStation brand for decades. Now, Sony's search can begin for a successor.