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Sony President Phil Harrison resigns



After fifteen long years working at Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison has stepped down, with current president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment International, Kazuo Hirai, taking over his responsibilities.

This may come as quite a shock to many gamers, since Harrison was such a great presence in the gaming world, with him frequently the public face for Sony in explaining their decisions, and selling the PlayStation platform. Harrison started his Sony career in 1992, where he served various senior positions across North America and Europe before being appointed the founding president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, which was formed in 1995.

Not only was Harrison just president of SCE WWS, but he was also corporate executive and representative director of Sony Computer Entertainment, and exec vice president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. His presence within Sony was undoubtedly huge, and he ‘played a key role in the development of the PlayStation business’, according to Kaz Hirai.

Nothing has been announced as of yet regarding a long-term replacement for Harrison, or his reasons for parting ways, but it’s clear he had a great time at Sony, saying:

“The past 15 years at Sony Computer Entertainment has been the defining journey of my life so far…I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will continue to support its future in every way I can.”

We at Thunderbolt wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors.

The author of this fine article

is a Senior Staff Writer at Thunderbolt, having joined in July 2007. Get in touch on Twitter @_Frey.

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