Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. 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.
"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."
The departure of Phil Harrison comes a bit surprising, but maybe has been on the horizon as Mr. Harrison expressed criticism of Sony Japan last week. Apparently he was not happy with the adoption of social gaming on the Playstation platform.
The Sony Playstation will have a marquee year in 2008, but maybe Mr. Harrison is looking for a new challenge.
Phil Harrison and I4U News reporter at GDC 2007. More photos.
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