A report on Reuters notes that the current head of Sony's network products and services division (which includes the PlayStation business) will take up his new position on April 1st. The new job put Hirai in control of over half of Sony's divisions, making him second only to current CEO, Howard Stringer. Further indications suggest that Hirai will take Stringer's job when he eventually reties in 2013.

Both Stringer and Hirai have been influential in Sony's return to profitability over the past few years.

[source vg247.com]