Sony’s Phil Harrison Resigns

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This totally came from left field. That’s two big names from Sony that have stepped down. What is this world coming to!? Phil Harrison was synonymous with the Sony Playstation brand and it will be sad to see him go. Here’s the full release:

SCE Worldwide Studios President Phil Harrison Resigns

SCE Group CEO Kazuo Hirai Assumes Responsibilities

TOKYO, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI)
today announced that Phil Harrison, President of Sony Computer Entertainment
Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS), will resign from Sony Computer Entertainment
Group as of February 29, 2008. Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO of SCEI,
will immediately assume responsibilities as president of SCE WWS, in addition
to his current duties.
Prior to the launch of the original PlayStation, Phil Harrison joined Sony
Electronics Publishing, Ltd. in 1992, which later evolved into Sony computer
Entertainment Europe, and since then, he has made a tremendous contribution to
the company playing a strategic role in the launch of four PlayStation
platforms, as well as building strong relationships with game developers and
publishers throughout the world. Since his appointment to the position of
president, SCE WWS, Harrison applied his considerable skill, knowledge and
expertise to lead SCE Group’s first party game development as well as
aggressively pursuing the development of new online entertainment experiences.
“As one of the founding members of SCE, Phil played a key role in the
development and growth of the PlayStation business and our industry,” said
Kazuo Hirai. “It is sad to see him departing from SCE, but I wish to express
my gratitude for his many invaluable contributions and also wish Phil the very
best of luck in his future endeavors.”
“The past 15 years at Sony Computer Entertainment has been the defining
journey of my life so far,” said Phil Harrison. “I am grateful to all the
PlayStation family for their incredible support, guidance and friendship. It
has been a privilege to serve as part of the team and be inspired by them on a
daily basis. I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will
continue to support its future in every way I can.”

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