Sony Promotes Hirai to President

Sony Corp. said Wednesday it tapped Kazuo Hirai, a veteran of its PlayStation videogame business, to be the company’s next president and chief executive officer, in a move expected to accelerate a network strategy to align its consumer electronics with content and services.

The 51-year-old Mr. Hirai, who oversees Sony’s consumer electronics and videogame divisions, has been considered the front-runner to take over from Howard Stringer, who will remain executive chairman until June, and then become chairman of the board.

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