According to Sony officials, Sony Chairman Hirai officially retired from Sony and will continue to serve at the request of Sony's management team.
Data show that in 1984, Hirai joined Sony Music Department, and then went to the United States to take charge of brand overseas marketing. Just before the launch of the first PlayStation, he joined Sony Music Entertainment in 1995 and eventually took over the baton from Ken Kutaragi in 2006 as head of Sony's game business.
In 2012, Hirai was appointed CEO and President of Sony. It is reported that the company lost $6.4 billion in 2011. After cutting costs and refocusing its focus on game imaging, he turned Sony into a profitable company with revenue of $6.7 billion in 2017.