PlayStation names Hideki Nishino and Hermen Hulst as new CEOs, replacing Jim Ryan

The company announced today that Sony will replace former PlayStation boss Jim Ryan with two CEOs: Hideki Nishino and Hermen Hulst.

Effective June 1, 2024, Hideki Nishino will be CEO of SIE's Platform Business Group, and Herman Hulst will be CEO of SIE's Studio Business Group, according to a press release today. Hiroki Totoki served as interim CEO following Ryan's retirement, and will also serve as Chairman of SIE in addition to his role as Chairman, COO and CFO of Sony Group Corporation. Both Hulst and Nishino would report to Totoki.

“Sony Interactive Entertainment is a dynamic and growing business that delivers incredible entertainment experiences through the connection of content and technology,” Totoki said in a statement. “Engaging with existing PlayStation users and expanding experiences for new audiences.”

Former PlayStation boss Jim Ryan announced his retirement last year.  (Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Former PlayStation boss Jim Ryan announced his retirement last year. (Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

As Senior Vice President of the Platform Experience Group, Nishino is already involved in PlayStation's hardware and technical operations. In his new role, Sony says he will “remain responsible for technology, products, services and platform experience,” as well as oversee third-party publisher and developer relations and commercial operations, including hardware, services sales and marketing. . , and peripheral.”

Meanwhile, Hulst is currently the senior vice president and head of PlayStation Studios. In addition to developing content on PlayStation consoles and PC, he has helped oversee the development of PlayStation IP into film and TV through PlayStation Productions. Unsurprisingly, Sony's press release names Naughty Dog's smash-hit HBO adaptation of The Last of Us as being developed by PlayStation Productions. In his new role, Hulst will be responsible for SIE's first-party content development, publishing and commercial operations.

Hulst also posted about the news on X/Twitter today:

“We will continue to connect players and creators through world-class products, services and technology. We always strive to make our community even bigger with innovation in every area of ​​Sony Interactive Entertainment,” Nishino said in the announcement. “I am honored to take on such an important role with Harman. By working more closely together, we will be better positioned to create incredible experiences for ever-growing audiences now and in the future.

“I'm thrilled to lead the Studio Business Group and continue our success with PlayStation 5 while preparing for the future,” Hulst said. “The video game industry is one of the largest entertainment industries in the world and is built at the intersection of content and technology, and I look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of gaming and entertainment.”

Sony announced Ryan's retirement last September, with the former PlayStation chief leaving the company last March. In his initial announcement, Ryan cited the difficulty of living in Europe while working in North America as the reason for his decision to leave the company after 30 years.

The news comes during an increasingly tumultuous time for the games industry, with PlayStation among many companies facing layoffs this year. In February, Sony announced that approximately 900 PlayStation staff members – or 8% of its global workforce – would be laid off, including the closure of its London studio. Today's press release says the new structure has been set up to provide “sustainable growth”.

Alex Steadman is a senior news editor at IGN, overseeing entertainment reporting. When she's not writing or editing, you can find her reading fantasy novels or playing Dungeons & Dragons.

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