To help Jim transition into retirement Sony Group President, COO and CFO Hiroki Totoki will take on the role of Chairman at SIE this October. Totoki will then assume the role of SIE CEO from April 1st 2024. Sony’s press release on the matter says that “Mr Totoki will work closely with Sony Group Corporation Chairman and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida and the management team of SIE to help define the next chapter of PlayStation’s future, including the succession of the SIE CEO role.”
Jim Ryan started with what was then called Sony Computer Entertainment Europe back in 1994 and has been with PlayStation in various roles for almost 30 years. Ryan took over the CEO role at Sony Interactive Entertainment in February 2019. Ryan has been instrumental in the success of the PS5 and the console has currently sold over 40 million units worldwide.
According to the UK’s Companies House, Jim Ryan was born in October 1959. That would make Jim (or James George Ryan to use his full name) 64 next month. So pretty close to retirement age anyway.
In a statement, Jim Ryan said that he has relished the opportunity to have a job he loves and that PlayStation will always be part of his life.
“After 30 years, I have made the decision to retire from SIE in March 2024. I’ve relished the opportunity to have a job I love in a very special company, working with great people and incredible partners. But I’ve found it increasingly difficult to reconcile living in Europe and working in North America. I will leave having been privileged to work on products that have touched millions of lives across the world; PlayStation will always be part of my life, and I feel more optimistic than ever about the future of SIE. I want to thank Yoshida-san for placing so much trust in me and being an incredibly sensitive and supportive leader.”
We wish Jim Ryan all the best for the future and hope that he enjoys his retirement.