Simon Rutter Visiting Industry Lead

Simon Rutter

Alumnus, Simon Rutter is the former Executive Vice President, Head of European Business Operations at Sony PlayStation. He graduated from Manchester Met in 1990 with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies.

Simon has built a successful international commercial career in the sports and entertainment industries. He joined Sony PlayStation in 1997 at the start of a phenomenal period of growth in console gaming; working in a variety of marketing, sales and senior leadership roles.

Over the years he has helped create the iconic PlayStation brand, led his organisation through digital transformation and globalisation and survived many console wars.

Before his departure from Sony in July 2021, Simon worked with Manchester Met to create new scholarships to support students from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds on creative and digital technology degree courses, supported by the PlayStation Career Pathway Program.

Currently Simon is serving as an advisor to games and technology companies and is a visiting staff member at SODA.