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PlayStation Has Announced Jim Ryan’s Replacements With Two New CEOs

Changes on the Horizon.

PlayStation has appointed its replacement for former CEO, Jim Ryan, or rather replacements, promoting both Hermen Hulst and Hideaki Nishino to new positions as CEOs of separate groups within the PlayStation Business.

Hulst, who co-founded Horizon studio Guerrilla Games before becoming Head of PlayStation Studios, will now lead the newly-dubbed Studio Business Group, overseeing the company’s first party studios as well as the company’s efforts in other media like TV and film. Meanwhile Nishino, who was previously SVP of Platform Experiences, will head up the Platform Business Group which looks after things like hardware, accessories, PSN as well as third-party publishers and indies.

“I am thrilled to lead the studio business group and continue to build on our success with PlayStation 5, while preparing for the future,” Hulst said in a statement shared via GamesIndustry.biz. “The video game industry is one of the largest entertainment industries in the world and has been built on the marriage of content and technology, and I look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of play and entertainment.”

“We will continue to connect players and creators through world-class products, services, and technology,” Nishino said. “We always strive to grow our community even bigger with innovation in every area at Sony Interactive Entertainment.”

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“I am honored to be appointed such an important role alongside Hermen. By working more closely together, we will be positioned to build incredible experiences for an ever-expanding audience now and in the future.”

The pair will report to Sony Interactive Entertainment’s current chairman, Hiroki Totoki, who has been been as CEO since Ryan stepped down earlier this year, with the two new roles coming into effect as of June 1st.

“Sony Interactive Entertainment is a dynamic and growing business that delivers incredible entertainment experiences through the connection of content and technology,” Totoki said. “These two leaders will have clear responsibilities and will manage strategic direction to ensure the focus remains on deepening engagement with existing PlayStation users and expanding experiences to new audiences.”