Sony denies Kaz Hirai presidential promotion

Japanese technology giant says "nothing has been determined at this time" regarding Hirai's move to Sony Corporation president.

On Friday, a report in Japanese business publication Nikkei stated longtime Sony employee Kaz Hirai was to be named Sony Corporation president as early as April. Today, however, Sony is refuting that claim, saying that "nothing has been determined at this time."

Hirai isn't moving to a new desk just yet.

"Certain media reports were published on January 7, 2012 (JST) regarding Sony Corporation's executive officers' appointments," reads a line from the terse statement. "Sony Corporation has made no announcement in this regard and nothing has been determined at this time."

The Friday Nikkei report also stated that current Sony CEO and chairman Howard Stringer would remain CEO following Hirai's ascension to president.

Hirai joined Sony in 1984 as part of its music group. In 1995, he transferred to Sony Computer Entertainment America, rising through the ranks to become its president and CEO. In a 2006 management shake-up, Hirai replaced Ken Kutaragi as president of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. in Japan, where he helped turn around the then-money-losing PlayStation business.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

21 comments
Halloll
Halloll

well someone must keep an eye on those giant enemy crabs

zinoalex
zinoalex

It's best to wait until Sony officially MAKES the announcement.

Lhomity
Lhomity

Well that was a let-down.

nurnberg
nurnberg

What the hell Gamespot, can you please research the sources of your stories before publishing them? You keep posting "news" that end up being false.

megakick
megakick

good he is hurting the company.

buying1999
buying1999

Well lets hope that he does a better job than the last joker that headed this company that launched a $600.00 console that was inferior to it's $400.00 competitor and decided to turn a blind eye to KNOWN security shortcomings in PSN and just left the door open for hackers to get 75+ millions account's information. Let's hope this one does a little better. "Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made." --John Carmack

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Well isn't Gamespot just FULL of real news!? #diabloIII #d3 #wtf

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Ouch, that's gotta suck. Well, he's still done pretty good work as business execs go, so he probably has it coming eventually.

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

nice. I wonder if he'll still get the position regardless.

aken909
aken909

Where do I send my resume?

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

It's like predicting the weather. It will happen eventually, maybe the timing is a bit off.