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Phil Harrison leaves Sony

In a surprising turn of events, Phil Harrison has stepped down from his position as President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios. It is has been reported that Kaz Hirai will assume that role, in addition to his current responsibilities. After his infamous speech at GDC 07 revealing Playstation Home and Little Big Planet , I really started to like the guy. Harrison had this to say:

“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 rumor is that he will go to Atari. I find that really hard to believe, but then again I didn’t except Phil to leave Sony just when things were turning around them. 

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.”

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the

progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer

Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes and markets the

PlayStation(R) game console, the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment

system, the PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) handheld entertainment system

and the PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(R)) system. PlayStation has revolutionized

home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and

PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home

networked entertainment. PSP is a new handheld entertainment system that

allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and

high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3 is an advanced computer system,

incorporating the state-of- the-art Cell processor with super computer like

power. SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer

Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and

Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and

distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for

these platforms in the respective markets worldwide. Headquartered in

Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an independent business

unit of the Sony Group.

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