Jim Ryan, PlayStation president, bids farewell after 30 years with Sony

Posted on September 28, 2023

After nearly three decades, Jim Ryan, President of PlayStation and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) revealed that he will be retiring from his illustrious career, marking the end of a remarkable era in the world of gaming.

Jim Ryan’s journey with Sony Interactive Entertainment began in the early ’90s, a time when the gaming industry was still finding its footing. His initial role within the company was based in Europe, where he contributed significantly to building the foundation of what would become an iconic brand.

Under Ryan’s guidance, Sony’s PlayStation consoles emerged as a leading force in the gaming world. Over the years, his passion for gaming and unwavering commitment to excellence led to the creation of numerous award-winning games and groundbreaking technical achievements, notably exemplified by the success of the PlayStation 5. Ryan’s tenure at the helm of SIE was marked by relentless innovation, including the announcement of the PlayStation Portal, and a steadfast focus on delivering unforgettable gaming experiences to players worldwide.

Ryan left a heartfelt goodbye message on the PlayStation SIE blog, where he touches on some of his career highlights and how much the role has meant to him.

Ryan emphasised, “generations of gamers have inspired us to be better, to push the boundaries, and the results have been incredible”. During his time as CEO, SIE consistently pushed the envelope, setting new standards for the industry with each iteration of the PlayStation.

As he takes a step back from his role at SIE, Jim Ryan leaves the company in the capable hands of Hiroki Totoki, who will serve as Interim CEO. Totoki, already a key figure within Sony Group Corporation, will take the reins at SIE beginning 1 April 2024, while Ryan continues in his current role until March of that year.

As he embarks on a new chapter in his life, one thing is certain: Jim Ryan’s legacy in the world of gaming will endure, ensuring that the excitement and innovation he brought to PlayStation will remain etched in gaming history.