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March 25, 2016

Sony Corporation announces changes to organizational and management structure

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