It was announced earlier today that Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO and President Andrew House will be stepping down from Sony at the end of 2017, marking the end of his 27-year career with the company. House will remain with the company as chairman for a smooth transition out of the company at the end of the year.
In a statement from a press release, House says, “PlayStation has been a huge part of my life for more than 20 years but with the business having achieved record-breaking success, now seemed to be the right time for me to pursue new challenges.”
In part of House’s leadership and experience, the PlayStation brand has flourished in the current video game market topping sales charts, sporting a colorful variety of exclusive and third-party games and even diving into the potential technology and market of VR gaming. House has been with the company since the beginning working in the communications and marketing department. When he reached the position to run the business in Europe of 2009, he overcame the tough hurdle PlayStation put itself in with the PlayStation 3.
Least to say, Andrew House was a familiar face to many video game industry enthusiasts and we wish him the very best in his endeavors.
House will be replaced by current deputy president John Kodera, who has been with Sony since 1992 and has worked on services for the PlayStation Network since 2010, overseeing the launch of PlayStation Vue, PlayStation Now and PS VR. You can read the full press release here.