Sony Interactive Entertainment president Andrew House has resigned from his post Monday evening. Tsuyoshi "John" Kodera will take over as SIE president in his place.
Sony Corportation CEO and President Kaz Hirai issued a corporate release statement regarding House's resignation:
"When I passed the baton of leadership for Sony Computer Entertainment to Andrew House in 2011, I was confident that I was leaving the PlayStation business in the best possible hands, and so it has proved. I'm extremely grateful to Andy for the great contribution he has made to evolving the PlayStation business, and firmly positioning it as one of the drivers of our future growth. Andy and I go back more than 20 years and spent much of this time together, dedicating ourselves to ensuring the success of the PlayStation business. I would like to thank Andy for his contribution over many years, and wish him every success in the future.
"John Kodera has led Sony's network service business since 2013 and played a pivotal role in its growth. He is a truly global executive, possessing strategic understanding, strength of conviction and outstanding leadership capabilities. Since his appointment as Deputy President of SIE last year, alongside Andy he has also been responsible for the company’s overall business strategy and product planning. With the significance of network services increasing across the entire Sony Group, I believe that John is ideally equipped to build on the foundations Andy has left in place, and drive Sony’s game and network services business to further growth and excitement going forward."
Under House's leadership, Sony has launched itself to the top of the video game console market, with the PlayStation 4 surpassing 50 million units sold in just three years, crushing the pace of the PlayStation 3. PlayStation 4's sales are well ahead of its nearest competitor, Microsoft's Xbox One.
"It’s a great honor to take on the role of President and CEO, SIE, and I’m very grateful to Kaz and Andy for the trust and faith they have shown in me," Kodera added in his own statement. "I intend to build on the amazing progress Andy has made enhancing the PlayStation brand and expanding the game and network services business, and will strive to further strengthen the unique value proposition we are able to offer via the PlayStation platform."
House will remain with SIE through the end of 2017 to ensure a smooth transition.