Both Jim Ryan and John Kodera have released statements regarding this.
It was announced today that Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe’s Jim Ryan has been selected to be the Deputy President Of Sony Interactive Entertainment. Jim Ryan has worked with PlayStation for a long time and he will now be working alongside the new President John Kodera to ensure success for the PlayStation.
The press release which brought this announcement also included a statement by Jim Ryan, where he expressed his desire to continue to “deliver unique entertainment offerings” through PlayStation.” “It’s a huge honor to be named a Deputy President of SIE. I’m looking forward to leveraging the experience that I have at PlayStation, both in Europe and also in leading Global Sales and Marketing, to support John Kodera as SIE strives to further expand the PlayStation business globally. Together with all our employees and partners, I’m committed to continuing to deliver unique entertainment offerings that are only possible on PlayStation.” Ryan will also continue working as Head of Global Sales and Marketing even as he steps into his new role as Deputy President.
John Kodera also released a statement, expressing his support and admiration for Jim Ryan. He also went on to say that Jim Ryan’s experience in the gaming industry will help the business as a whole to grow. He stated, “I’m very happy and pleased to have Jim as Deputy President. Jim has more than two decades of experience at PlayStation and has a great record of success, including the successful launches of PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation VR that he led as Head of Global Sales and Marketing. With his deep knowledge around the game business and industry as well as his understanding of our own culture and strengths, I am confident that he will take our business to an even higher level.”
It remains to be seen how Kodera-san and Jim Ryan handle the future of PlayStation, but let’s hope that they are indeed able to take the company along with the industry to a higher level.