The manager abandons responsibilities within SIE and becomes responsible for the Sony group as assistant to the representative vice president.
John ‘Tsuyoshi’ Kodera will leave Sony Interactive Entertainment at the end of this fiscal year. The manager, who led said department during 2018 and part of 2019, will now take on other assistance and advisory responsibilities within Sony, specifically together with Hiroki Totoki, representative vice president and financial director of the Japanese giant.
The information has been advanced by the journalist Takashi Mochizuki (Bloomberg), who attaches the official document where this change of roles is formalized. From 2019 until now, Kodera had remained as deputy to the president in creating “innovative experiences and improving the area of online services”, so that he did not have a position of responsibility, but he was within the leadership. Thus, on this occasion an immediate replacement for his functions has not been announced.
John Kodera, a career at Sony started in 1992
Kodera has a long history within Sony. He joined Sony in 1992, but is remembered for his role in the online section of PlayStation consoles. Starting in 2010, he started working in the Sony Network Entertainment International team, a complex for the PlayStation ecosystem after the events of attacks and breaches of the PSN service; but the goal of growing the online infrastructure of PS3 and later PS4 was migrated in a notable way. In these years he has actively participated in the establishment of PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now, PlayStation Vue, PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music.
Back in late 2017, John ‘Tsuyoshi’ Kodera took over from Andrew House as CEO and president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, a position he led until February 2019, when Jim Ryan inherited that portfolio.
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