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Gaming News: "Kaz's Pinata"
Posted: Monday April 30th, 2007 by

As of Sony's June 19th shareholder meeting, Ken Kutaragi, "father of the PlayStation", will be retiring from his position as chairman and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. Current president and COO, Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai will be promoted to take his place becoming president and CEO.
Source: GameSpot [ more info ]

To me, the move from Kutaragi to Hirai is not one to be celebrated. Both have track records for shoving their feet directly in their mouths particularly in all the jibberish surrounding the PS3 release. Kutaragi is the guy that let us know that the PS3 was "too cheap" and Kaz has a wealth of sound bytes that make my gaming skin crawl.

Typically I would issue a statement of hope wherein I wished Kaz the best of luck and try to reassure everyone by saying "maybe the position will calm him down". But, Hirai has replaced Kutaragi in a Sony power position before and it hasn't tempered his mouth yet.

Meh what the hell? Good luck Kaz. Maybe taking on the position of president and CEO of one of the most recognizable brands in the world will calm him down and he'll figure that what he says actually has an impact.

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