Kaz Hirai has long since been associated with the PlayStation brand. And he'll still be around, just not in the same capacity.
During an executive appointments briefing, it was announced that the Sony Computer Entertainment chairman and representative director will be stepping down. He'll now be a part-time member of the board.
Taking Hirai's place as representative director and president and group CEO of the division will be Andrew House. Hirai will still be president and CEO of Sony Corporation, though, so it's not like he's relinquishing all boss duties. One of our favorite executives has been with SCE since 1995, and he has helped the PlayStation brand become one of the most respected brands in the video game industry. He had no small part in the success of the PlayStation and PS2, so we should probably thank him for that.
All this corporate shuffling can be a little confusing, though. Such fancy titles…sometimes it's hard to know what the day-to-day duties of this guys really are. I'm guessing they have very busy days, at the very least.