Kazuo Hirai Announces His Retirement from Sony after 35 Years
Almost a year after he announced he’d be stepping down as CEO, Kazuo Hirai has now made the decision to retire after 35 years at Sony. He will officially leave his current role as chairman on June 18, 2019 but he will occasionally pop back in to serve as a senior advisor when needed.
“Hirai-san and I have been working on management reforms together since December 2013,” says Sony CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida in a statement. “While he will be retiring from both Chairman and our Board of Directors, we look forward to his continuing high-level support to Sony’s management that encompasses a breadth of diverse businesses.”
Hirai took up the role of CEO in 2012, and sparked a beacon of hope during a time of adversity in the company. His efforts to restructure and refocus their approach were really what brought Sony back to profitability. Another move he made as CEO was hiring Yoshida to act as his strategy chief. The two have worked hand and hand since then, and Hirai has undoubtedly passed on some sage wisdom for the current CEO.