Sony Corporation announces changes to organizational and management structure

Mar 25, 2016

Tokyo, Japan - Sony Corporation (“Sony” or the Company”) has been engaged in the sequential splitting out of business units across the Sony Group, in order to reinforce the competitiveness of each business, and ensure clearly attributable accountability and responsibility.

In addition to Game & Network Services, Mobile Communications, Pictures, Music and certain other Sony Group businesses that were already operating autonomously as subsidiaries, in July 2014 Sony split out its TV business, followed by its Video & Sound business in October 2015. The Company also plans to split out and establish its semiconductor business as a wholly owned subsidiary in April 2016. Sony is also exploring the split out of its Imaging Products and Solutions Sector.

Concurrently, Sony has also been proceeding to realign the platform functions that support each of its business units in order to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of these operations.

As previously announced, operations that until now have resided within Sony Corporation, including the Consumer AV Sales Platform, the Manufacturing, Logistics, Procurement, Quality and Environmental Platform for Sony’s electronics business, as well as certain cloud-based platforms and service-related businesses, will each be transferred to the related Sony Group companies. This transition is scheduled to be made sequentially from April 1 2016.

Once the splitting out of these functions has been completed, Sony Corporation will focus on the following Group headquarters functions:

1) Headquarters: Responsibility for the Sony Group’s overall strategy and governance, and oversight of their execution

2) R&D: Leadership of Sony’s differentiation and creativity through technological innovation

3) New Business: Incubation of new businesses in areas beyond Sony’s current business domains

4) Brand Design: To enhance Sony’s brand value and implement horizontal Group-wide initiatives

5) Professional Services: To support the operations of the Sony Group following the completion of the splitting out process

In conjunction with this structural realignment, certain changes will also be made to Sony’s executive assignments and system effective April 1, 2016, in order to further clarify lines of responsibility and assignments within each business and the headquarters organization.

The Company will newly appoint four executives, currently in charge of four of the Sony Group’s business segments, as “Corporate Executive Officers” of Sony Corporation. They, together with the six existing Corporate Executive Officers, will assume ultimate responsibility for the Sony Group’s management within the scope assigned to them by the Company’s Board of Directors. Sony will also re-classify its other executives. The executives responsible for executing their assigned business operations under the oversight of the relevant Corporate Executive Officers will be named “Business Executives” of Sony Corporation, while the executives responsible for the headquarters functions assigned to them under the oversight of relevant Corporate Executive Officers will be named “Corporate Executives” of Sony Corporation.

Corporate Executive Officers (as of April 1, 2016):

Representative Corporate Executive Officers

Kazuo Hirai - President and Chief Executive Officer

Kenichiro Yoshida - Executive Deputy President and Chief Financial Officer

Corporate Executive Officers (EVPs listed in order of appointment)

Tomoyuki Suzuki - Executive Deputy President
Officer in charge of R&D Platform
In charge of Energy Business and Storage Media Business

Shiro Kambe - Executive Vice President
Officer in charge of Legal, Compliance, Corporate Communications, CSR and External Relations

Masashi Imamura - Executive Vice President
Officer in charge of Manufacturing, Logistics, Procurement, Quality & Environment
In charge of Engineering Platform

Shigeki Ishizuka - Executive Vice President
Officer in charge of Imaging Products and Solutions Business
President of Digital Imaging Group
President of Professional Solutions and Services Group

Andrew House - Executive Vice President
(Newly appointed) Officer in charge of Game & Network Services Business
President and Global CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC

Michael Lynton - Executive Vice President
(Newly appointed) Officer in charge of Pictures and Music Businesses
CEO, Sony Entertainment Inc.
Chairman & CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
CEO, Sony Corporation of America

Ichiro Takagi - Executive Vice President
(Newly appointed) Officer in charge of Home Entertainment & Sound Business and Consumer AV Sales & Marketing
Representative Director and President, Sony Visual Products Inc.
Representative Director and President, Sony Video & Sound Products Inc.

Hiroki Totoki - Executive Vice President
(Newly appointed) Officer in charge of Mobile Communications Business
In charge of New Business Platform (Strategy)
President & CEO, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
President and Representative Director, So-net Corporation

Business Executives (listed in order of appointment) (as of April 1, 2016):

Katsumi Ihara - Executive President and Representative Director,
Sony Financial Holdings Inc.
Chairman, Director, Sony Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Nobuki Kurita - Chairman, Sony (China) Co., Ltd

Doug Morris - CEO, Sony Music Entertainment

Martin Bandier - Chairman & CEO, Sony / ATV Music Publishing LLC

Hiroshi Kawano - President and Representative Director, Sony Marketing Inc.
President and Corporate Executive, Sony Marketing Japan Inc.

Masaru Tamagawa - Chairman, Representative Director and Global Sales & Marketing Officer, Sony Marketing Inc.

Kunimasa Suzuki - Executive Vice President, Sony Entertainment Inc.

Izumi Kawanishi - Director, EVP, Product Business Group,
Sony Mobile Communications Inc.

Yasuhiro Ueda - President, Representative Director, Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation

Michael Fasulo - President and COO, Sony Electronics Inc.

Tomoo Hagimoto - President, Representative Director, Sony Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Michinori Mizuno - Representative Director and CEO, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

Hidehiko Teshirogi - EVP, Deputy Head of Product Business Group, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
In charge of TS Business, Sony Corporation

Yoshito Ezure - Representative Director and President, Sony Energy Devices Corporation

Toru Katsumoto - Deputy President of Imaging Products and Solutions Sector
President of Professional Products Group
President of Medical Business Unit

Hideyuki Furumi - EVP, Global Sales & Marketing, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
Director, So-net Corporation

Toshihiko Ohnishi - Deputy President of Professional Solutions and Services Group, Imaging Products and Solutions Sector

Terushi Shimizu - Representative Director and President, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation

Corporate Executives (listed in order of appointment) (as of April 1, 2016):

Shoji Nemoto - Sony Group China Representative
In charge of Disc Manufacturing Business

Keiichiro Shimada - In charge of Mid-to-Long Term Technology, R&D Platform
In charge of Technology Policy and Relations

Fumiaki Sakai - Chief Information Officer

Masayuki Hattori - President of System R&D Group, R&D Platform

Teruo Hirayama - President of Device & Material R&D Group, R&D Platform

Toshimoto Mitomo - In charge of Intellectual Property and Mid-to-Long Term Business Development

Natsuko Takei - Senior General Manager of Legal & Compliance Department

Hiroichi Kawahira - President of Advanced Materials Laboratories, Device & Material R&D Group, R&D Platform

Kazushi Ambe - In charge of Human Resources and General Affairs

Hiroyuki Sato - In charge of Quality & Environment
Deputy President of Digital Imaging Group, Imaging Products and Solutions Sector

Kazuhiko Takeda - In charge of Corporate Planning & Control and Accounting
Senior General Manager of Corporate Planning & Control Department

Group Executives to Retire (as of March 31, 2016):

Nicole Seligman - President, Sony Corporation of America
President, Sony Entertainment Inc.
Senior Legal Counsel, Sony Group

Organizational Structure Post-Realignment (as of April 1, 2016):

1) Headquarters <"Department" level organizations>

Organization Senior General Manager
CEO Office

Yasuhiro Ito

Information Security Department John Scimone
Group Human Resources Department Takeshi Shibata
Risk and Control Department

Andrew McCombie

Finance Department Atsuko Murakami
Corporate Planning and Control Department Kazuhiko Takeda
Business Transformation / IS Department Fumiaki Sakai
Corporate Communications and CSR Department Yoshinori Hashitani
External Relations & Trade Affairs Department Yurika Kamitani
Legal and Compliance Department Natsuko Takei
Quality & Environmental Department Noriaki Negishi
Board Secretariat Shiro Kambe

 

2) R&D Platform <"”Group” and “Department/Division" level organizations>

Organization Organization Head
Device & Material R&D Group Teruo Hirayama
UI Device Development Division Naoki Nagashima
Advanced Materials Laboratories Hiroichi Kawahira
Optomechatronics Development Division Keikichi Chiba
System R&D Group Masayuki Hattori
Innovative Technology Development Division Masayuki Hattori
Application Technology Development Division Jun Maruo
Application Platform Design Division Masato Abe
Biomedical R&D Division Hiroaki Yada
R&D Planning Division Kan Ebisawa

 

3) New Business Platform <Organizations immediately below "Platform" level ("Department" level or above)>

Organization Organization Head
New Business Creation Department Yasuhiro Ito
TS Business Planning Office Hiroshi Saito
Harmo Business Department Hiroshi Watanabe
Mid-to-Long Term Business Development Division Toshimoto Mitomo
SR Business Planning Office Toshimoto Mitomo
SE Business Office Toshimasa Mizunashi

 

4) Brand Design Platform <Organizations immediately below "Platform" level ("Department" level or above)>

 

Organization Organization Head
Creative Center Yutaka Hasegawa
Brand Strategy Department

Shigeki Mori

UX Products & Marketing Promotion Division Midori Tomita
Business Development Division Masato Ohno

 

5) Professional Services <Organizations directly overseen by the executive in charge>

 

Organization Organization Head
Standard & Partnership Department Takashi Yamanishi
Intellectual Property Division Sohei Suzuki
Corporate Human Resources Division Kenichi Mochiduki
Corporate Workplace Solutions Department Shigeru Hiromatsu
Corporate Executive Office Kumie Tanaka
UX Planning and Operation Division Tomokazu Tajima
Cloud & Service Application DevOps Division Hisashi Tamai
Sony DADC Group Planning & Control Department Kazuyuki Nakatani
Global Accounting Division Hirotoshi Korenaga

 

<Press Release>

http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201603/16-028E/index.html

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[Contact Info.]

Corporate Communications & CSR Department

Sony Corporation

Sony.Prhq@jp.sony.com

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