PlayStation names its next two CEOs

PlayStation names its next two CEOs

Sony Interactive Entertainment has appointed Hermen Hulst and Hideaki Nishino as its new CEOs.

Hulst will be leading the newly-created Studio Business Group, which includes PlayStation's first-party line-up. This arm is also concerned with SIE IP, such as in film and TV. Hulst previously co-founded Guerrilla Games, the creator of the Killzone and Horizon franchises. Prior to this, he was the head of PlayStation Studios.

Meanwhile, Nishino is heading up the Platform Business Group. As the name suggests, this is focused on consoles, peripherals, third-party relations and PSN. Prior to this, he was SVP of Platform Experiences.

"I am thrilled to lead the studio business group and continue to build on our success with PlayStation 5, while preparing for the future,” Hulst said.

“The video game industry is one of the largest entertainment industries in the world and has been built on the marriage of content and technology, and I look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of play and entertainment.”

Nishino added: "We will continue to connect players and creators through world-class products, services, and technology. We always strive to grow our community even bigger with innovation in every area at Sony Interactive Entertainment.”

"I am honoured to be appointed such an important role alongside Hermen. By working more closely together, we will be positioned to build incredible experiences for an ever-expanding audience now and in the future."

The duo succeeds Jim Ryan, who departed PlayStation earlier this year.

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