Sony PlayStation Inventor Kutaragi To Retire From Company

Ken Kutaragi.
Kevork Djansezian
Ken Kutaragi.

Sony on Thursday said that Ken Kutaragi, inventor of its PlayStation video game consoles, will retire as chairman and group chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment effective June 19.

Kutaragi will continue as honorary chairman of SCEI and senior technology advisor to parent Sony.

Kazuo Hirai, the unit's current president and chief operating officer, has been promoted to president and group chief executive in charge of the PlayStation business.