Sony executive in charge of online, networking products to step down

Tim Schaaf, who joined the company in 2005 from Apple, will leave the company at the end of December

Sony said Thursday that the executive in charge of its online products, and linking them up to its broad hardware holdings, will leave the company at the end of the year.

The Tokyo-based electronics giant said Tim Schaaff, who it poached from Apple in 2005, will leave by "personal choice." Schaaff is president of Sony Network Entertainment, a core division that runs its streaming music and video service and its online gaming network.

Andrew House, the executive in charge of Sony's game division, will lead the networking division after the exit of Schaaff, who will continue to serve as an outside director, Sony said.

"This was proposed by him," said Sony spokesman George Boyd, adding Schaaff indicated he wanted to "take a break and spend more time with his family."

Expanding the company's online services and offering them across its video game consoles, phones, tablets and TVs is a major part of Sony's turnaround plan under new CEO Kazuo Hirai. The company has also launched apps that allow its online services to be accessed by third-party devices like iPhones and third-party Android phones.

Schaaff joined Sony under former CEO Howard Stringer, as part of the firm's efforts to add software expertise to its product design and day-to-day management. He previously managed development of Apple's QuickTime video technology.

The executive helped roll out Sony's current online offerings, and was in charge of Sony's PlayStation Network when it was breached last year by hackers in one of the largest corporate hacking incidents ever. The hack exposed the account details of over 77 million users, spurred a federal lawsuit, and caused a weeks-long service outage.

Asked to comment about the incident, Schaaff famously said he had learned a lot from it.

"I would not like to do it again. One time was enough. Great learning experience," he said at the GamesBeat 2011 conference in San Francisco.

Tags business issuespersonnelconsumer electronicssony

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jay Alabaster

IDG News Service

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?