Here’s a well-earned retirement. Kazuo Hirai, the former CEO who spearheaded Sony’s turnaround in recent years, is leaving the company following 35 years of service, according to an announcement made today.

Hirai became Sony CEO in 2012, replacing Sir Howard Stringer with a mission of bringing the good times back to the then-bloated electronics giant through a strategy of increased focus and streamlining.

When he stepped down from the role in April 2018, Hirai and CFO Kenichiro Yoshida had turned Sony from a loss-making business into a profitable one thanks to a ‘One Sony’ policy that downsized poorer performing divisions like mobile and a deeper focus on products. The PlayStation business, which Hirai once managed as Sony’s head of gaming, was a key part of the

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