Hirai: “I didn’t know Phil was going to Atari”

Thursday, 29 May 2008 17:57 GMT By Patrick Garratt

PlayStation mega-boss Kaz Hirai has admitted that he had no idea former Sony worldwide studios president Phil Harrison was moving to Atari until the deed was done.

“At the time, I didn’t know he was going to Atari,” Hirai told ThreeSpeech. “It was obviously a surprise when he told me he was going to move on.

“But, you know, it’s a small industry and he’s obviously remained in it and from his perspective, it was a great thing to move on to a new challenge. On his last day, I was in Tokyo and I called him, and said I was sad to see him go but, at the same time, I was very happy for him to take on some new challenges.”

Harrison decided to leave Sony in February to take on Infogrames’ presidency.

Full interview through the link.