Report: Kazuo Hirai to be named Sony President

If reports prove to be accurate, Sony is set to name Kazuo Hirai as its next president.

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If reports prove to be accurate, Sony is set to name Kazuo Hirai as its next president. The move will see current CEO and Chairman Howard Stringer remain in his current role, minus the president moniker, but Hirai will reportedly begin taking over new duties as early as April.

Reports of the executive shuffle came earlier today from Nikkel [via The Verge]. Hirai would vacate his current position as Executive Deputy President to fill the new role. The growing PlayStation division saw Hirai's profile increase as Sony faced struggles in the television market. The promotion, according to The Verge, follows a forecast $1.2 billion loss for Sony on the year.

[Update: January 7, 2012] In response to the reports of executive changes, Sony released the following statement: "Sony Corporation has made no announcement in this regard and nothing has been determined at this time."

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    January 6, 2012 10:30 AM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Report: Kazuo Hirai to be named Sony President.

    If reports prove to be accurate, Sony is set to name Kazuo Hirai as its next president.

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      January 6, 2012 11:34 AM

      I'm looking forward to many more Kaz Hirai conference moments.

      E3 2006: "The PlayStation 3 will retail for five hundred and ninety nine US dollars." *grooooan*

      E3 2011: "Now of course, having such an impressive set of network features and ambitions requires the NATION'S... FASTEST... MOBILE BROADBAND NETWORK. And we'll be partnering with AT&T as the exclusive carrier for PlayStation Vita in the United States." *grooooan*

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      January 8, 2012 1:52 PM

      He earned it.... I think he's the best man for the job. If you read his bio on wiki he's been doing this for years now with lots of experience...