Jim Ryan, the longtime face of PlayStation, will step down from his role as CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) in March 2024, marking the end of an illustrious nearly 30-year journey with the company. Ryan’s tenure began just months before the iconic launch of the original PlayStation in 1994 and culminated with his appointment as CEO in February 2019.
His unexpected departure arrives amidst the recent triumph of the PlayStation 5 (PS5), a console he has shepherded since its launch in 2020, showcasing his pivotal role in the company’s success.
Ryan explained that his decision to leave stems from the challenges of living in Europe while working in North America. In a statement, he expressed gratitude for his time at Sony, stating, “I’ve relished the opportunity to have a job I love in a very special company, working with great people and incredible partners. PlayStation will always be part of my life, and I feel more optimistic than ever about the future of SIE.”
Hiroki Totoki, Sony’s Chief Operating Officer, will assume the role of interim CEO following Ryan’s departure, ushering in a new era for the PlayStation brand.