Sony Corp. announced today that Tim Schaaff, president of Sony Network Entertainment International and a key driver of the company’s “One Sony” device ecosystem strategy, has resigned. His departure takes effect Dec. 31, 2012, but he will remain on the Sony subsidiary’s board.
Schaaff (pictured) will be replaced “during the transition” by Andrew House, who as president and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment is in charge of all things PlayStation. Sony did not disclose its longer-term plans.
Former CEO Howard Stringer brought Schaaff on in 2005, luring him away from Apple, to help Sony get its entertainment and electronics businesses to work more in cooperation with each other.
His achievements at Sony illustrate this. Schaaff spearheaded a number of network services that Sony product owners could tap into for their entertainment, including the PlayStation Network, Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and Play Memories – some of which have been more successful than others. Together they comprise the the Sony Entertainment Network which Sony said has over 110 million registered users.
“Tim has been a strong leader within Sony who truly embodied the ‘One Sony’ spirit by successfully leading corporate-wide initiatives across business units since he joined,” said Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO, Sony Corporation. “I thank Tim for his passion and innumerable contributions to the company.”
“Under the leadership of Kaz, and Sir Howard Stringer before him, Sony gave me tremendous support to build a global team to coordinate and lead the company’s network service business,” said Schaaff. “Together we created something of significant value that will be an important part of Sony’s future. I’m grateful to have had this unique opportunity, proud of the commitment my team has demonstrated, and encouraged about Sony’s prospects in this strategic area.”
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