Sony is about to say goodbye (perhaps for good this time) with one of its most dedicated employee – Mr. Kaz Hirai. Kaz Hirai has been working for Sony for 35 years, and this time he plans to retire for real.

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Mr. Kazuo Hirai

Kaz Hirai has been the President and CEO of this company for six years, from 2012 to 2018, and then he stepped down to take the position of Chairman on April 1st, 2018. But just a few hours ago, Sony announced that Kaz Hirai will not be in charge of his current position in the future. In detail, Kaz Hirai is leaving the corporation for good, starting on June 18th.

You might be wondering what this man will do after a lifetime serving this global tech giant? Well, he will be the advisor of the company, if needed (not something too surprised huh). The current CEO of Sony Kenichiro Yoshida (also the man replaced Kaz Hirai last year) commented on Kaz Hirai’s retirement.

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The current CEO of Sony Kenichiro Yoshida

About Kaz Hirai, he also had some words about his retirement:

Hirai took over the role of president and CEO of Sony from Howard Stringer – the corporation's first Western CEO. Hirai was born in Tokyo, but he spent quite some time in Canada and the U.S., which made him a bridge between East and West. Under his leadership, he has regenerated the PlayStation brand from its former second-place position in the gaming industry (during the PlayStation 3 era) to its current status as top-selling console in the current hardware cycle.

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Hopefully Kenichiro Yoshida can continue the great work of Kaz Hirai