Giant Bomb News

24 Comments

Sony Denies Reports of Kaz Hirai Movin’ On Up

Kaz Hirai will not become Sony's president...for now, anyway.

In a different world, Ken Kutaragi and Kaz Hirai ascended the corporate ladder, hand-in-hand.

In what comes across as merely hemming and hawing before the inevitable, Sony released a brief statement today pushing back on reports that executive Kaz Hirai, long associated with the PlayStation division, would become the company’s president.

According to the original report, Hirai would be Sony's new president, and current CEO Howard Stringer would retain his position. It’s been expected Hirai would eventually replace Stringer.

“Certain media reports were published on January 7, 2012 regarding Sony Corporation's executive officers' appointments,” said the company. “Sony Corporation has made no announcement in this regard and nothing has been determined at this time.”

That’s not exactly a denial, either.

Patrick Klepek on Google+
24 Comments
Posted by patrickklepek
In a different world, Ken Kutaragi and Kaz Hirai ascended the corporate ladder, hand-in-hand.

In what comes across as merely hemming and hawing before the inevitable, Sony released a brief statement today pushing back on reports that executive Kaz Hirai, long associated with the PlayStation division, would become the company’s president.

According to the original report, Hirai would be Sony's new president, and current CEO Howard Stringer would retain his position. It’s been expected Hirai would eventually replace Stringer.

“Certain media reports were published on January 7, 2012 regarding Sony Corporation's executive officers' appointments,” said the company. “Sony Corporation has made no announcement in this regard and nothing has been determined at this time.”

That’s not exactly a denial, either.

Edited by Nautilus1515

finally, I dont have to make stupid first comments

Posted by Napalm

That kind of sucks.

Posted by BaconGames

First Nintendo, now Sony. Flaky Japanese video game companies are flaky.

Posted by reelife

That's... odd

Posted by Terranova

They will most likely wait until the strat of the new financial year and then announce the change makes it look better to shareholders etc.

Posted by endaround

"The trial balloon we floated clearly does not reflect any possibility of what we might possibly do"

Posted by Ozone

RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RACER

Posted by heatDrive88

You know all of you were thinkin' it.

Posted by Siphillis

First Miyamoto, now this. Maybe it's time we wait for the company to comment before treating it as news.

Edited by ProfessorEss

I'm starting to feel like "1. Leak - 2. Deny - 3. Wait for it - 4. Confirm" has become Sony's official way of making announcements.

Posted by KaneRobot

Excuse me, that's SIR Howard Stringer to you.

Posted by HarrySound

Really?

I dunno, this guy seems like he could detroy not employ....

Posted by Vexxan

Meh, he'll get that job eventually.

Online
Posted by ajamafalous
@ProfessorEss said:

I'm starting to feel like "1. Leak - 2. Deny - 3. Wait for it - 4. Confirm" has become Sony's official way of making announcements.

Edited by ges75022

@heatDrive88: You bet I was thinking about this song when I was reading this.

Posted by Tomzombie

@heatDrive88: Exactly

Posted by Commisar123

I now have no idea who runs anything at Sony anymore

Posted by Franstone

This just in from a very reliable source (my dog):

Bill Gates is running for president of the United States.

Spread it like wild-fire my little lovelies....

; )

Posted by natetodamax

I wouldn't be surprised if Kaz Hirai received this promotion some time in the near future. He's been with Sony for over 20 years so it wouldn't be at all surprising.

Posted by Brendan

@Franstone said:

This just in from a very reliable source (my dog):

Bill Gates is running for president of the United States.

Spread it like wild-fire my little lovelies....

; )

Your dog talks!?

Posted by Tukenstein

This just in! Man with talking dog starts fires!

Posted by demonknightinuyasha

So what they're really saying is he's skipping president and going straight to CEO >_>

Edited by MeatSim

They just aren't ready for all Ridge Racer Sony future.