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Updated on September 7, 2016

Governance Framework

Sony Corporation is governed by its Board of Directors, which is elected at the annual shareholders' meeting. The Board has three committees (the Nominating Committee, Audit Committee and Compensation Committee), each consisting of Directors named by the Board. Corporate Executive Officers are appointed by resolution of the Board. In addition to these statutory bodies and positions, Sony has Corporate Executives who carry out business operations and corporate functions within designated areas. In line with its corporate strategy and in response to a changing environment, with an aim to maintain the most appropriate way to manage the Sony Group's business operation Sony continually works to enhance its governance functions.

Directors and Corporate Executive Officers who were elected in June, 2016

  • Directors and Corporate Executive Officers who were elected in June, 2016

  • Board of Directors, Sony Corporation
Sony explains to its stakeholders, including its shareholders, the reasons for, and background of, the nomination and/or appointment of each individual. Please refer to the pages below for releases and convocation notices in respect of individual appointments or nominations.

Meeting record

During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, the Board of Directors convened eight times. The Nominating Committee met five times, the Audit Committee met six times and the Compensation Committee met five times. All nine outside Directors participated in all meetings of the Board of Directors held during their tenure period in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 except for Osamu Nagayama and Joichi Ito (Osamu Nagayama and Joichi Ito each participated in seven meetings out of eight). Also, all eight outside Directors who are members of Committees participated in all of the meetings of each Committee held during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 except for Osamu Nagayama (Osamu Nagayama who is the Chair of the Nominating Committee participated in four out of five meetings of the Nominating Committee).

Also, the Board conducted outside Directors' meetings, Directors' corporate strategic workshops with management, site visits by outside Directors and meetings of the Chairman of the Board and the CEO. These activities were aimed at enhancing the oversight function of the Board, securing better understanding by outside Directors of Sony's business and management's initiatives and encouraging corporate strategic discussions among Directors.
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