After the departure of President Shawn Layden, Sony appointed Hermen Hulst, director and co-founder of Guerilla Games, as the new head of Worldwide Studios and was responsible for overseeing software development in Sony's 14 internal game studios. Guerilla promoted three people as studio co-directors: Michiel van der Leeuw, who was the technical director, Angie Smets, executive producer and Jan-Bart van Beek, studio art director.
President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida, who has long been an influential voice for Sony on social media, is leaving the charge of shepherding smaller independent studios.
In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, PlayStation CEO and President Jim Ryan calls Hulst one of the most respected leaders in video games. "He is a passionate defender of the teams that leads and understands how to enhance creative talent to build great experiences," he said. "I have no doubt that Hermen can lead our teams to offer compelling and diverse experiences with a constant cadence."