Sony Network Entertainment president Tim Schaaff will retire at the end of the year.
Schaaff joined Sony from Apple in 2005, and went on to oversee the launch of the company’s Music Unlimited music service – part of his effort to unify Sony’s entertainment offerings across all hardware products.
Effective January 1, 2013, group executive of Sony Corporation Andrew House will assume responsibilities for Sony Network Entertainment International during the transition, in addition to his current role as president and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. The existing SNEI executive staff will manage daily operations.
"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."
Schaaff commented: "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.”
"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."