Speakers Series: Kazuo Hirai
President and CEO
Sony Computer Entertainment America
June 22, 2004
Making the PlayStation™2 computer entertainment system a household item has propelled Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai to consistantly be named in the top ten on the most powerful entertainment executives list, as ranked by Entertainment Weekly. While highly regarded in the business world (he made Business 2.0's All-Star Executive Dream Team list), Kaz Hirai is a legend in the video game industry. "A veritable videogame hero himself," says Business 2.0. Under Mr. Hirai's leadership the PlayStation and the PlayStation 2 has become the leading videogame console in North America, a $10 billion dollar industry.
Mr. Hirai spoke to the Congressional Internet Caucus about "Opportunities Facing the Internet." In the gaming space, opportunities abound. The PlayStation 2 is broadband-ready and now an exponential number of gamers are competing with online opponents. Past speakers of the Internet Caucus Speaker Series include: Internet founding fathers such as Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and Marty Cooper as well as industry leaders like Bill Gates, Michael Eisner and Meg Whitman
This event is hosted in conjunction with the Internet Caucus and its Co-Chairs, Senators Burns (R-MT) and Leahy (D-VT) and Congressmen Goodlatte (R-VA) and Boucher (D-VA).