Struggling Electronics giant Sony is to replace current CEO Howard Stringer with Kazuo Hirai, the man credited with the rival of Sony’s PlayStation videogames business.
Welsh-born Howard Stringer has been in the top job since 2005 but the change of guard comes as Sony is expected to lose an astonishing $2.9 billion as the firm’s TV sales went into free fall.
Incoming chief Hirai has been president of Sony Computer Entertainment since 2006 and now faces the daunting task of a major shake up to get the Japanese electronics giant back on track and competing afresh with Korean rivals Samsung and LG.
The strong Japanese currency has hit a number of Japanese electronics giants hard, not helped by further natural disasters.
Analysts were expecting Sony to announce a $1.7 billion loss so $2.9 billion came as something of a shock and sent Sony stock lower despite a general rally of the Nikkei.
"The path we must take is clear: to drive the growth of our core electronics businesses – primarily digital imaging, smart mobile and game; to turn around the television business; and to accelerate the innovation that enables us to create new business domains," said the incoming Sony chief.