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June 02,2005

Executive Appointments

Tokyo, Japan - Sony Corporation has decided candidates for the positions of Corporate Executive Officer.
The selections are subject to the approval of the Board of Directors Meeting to be held on June 22, 2005.

Corporate Executive Officers (* to be concurrent with Director)

The candidates for Representative Corporate Executive Officer and Corporate Executive Officer are as follows. One new Corporate Executive Officer has been selected (**).

Representative Corporate Executive Officers

As of June 22

  • Howard Stringer*
    Chairman and CEO
  • Ryoji Chubachi*
    President and Electronics CEO
  • Katsumi Ihara*
    Executive Deputy President
    and NC President of Home Electronics Network Company

Corporate Executive Officers

As of June 22

  • Nobuyuki Oneda
    EVP and CFO
  • Keiji Kimura
    EVP and Officer in charge of Technology Strategy,
    NC President of Information Technology & Communications Network Company
  • Nicole Seligman
    EVP and General Counsel
  • Yutaka Nakagawa**
    EVP and NC President of Personal Audio Visual Network Company

Corporate Executive Officers Retired

As of June 22

  • Nobuyuki Idei
    Scheduled to be appointed as Chief Corporate Advisor
    (Currently Chairman and Group CEO, Representative Corporate Executive Officer)
  • Kunitake Ando
    Scheduled to be appointed as Advisor
    (Currently President, Representative Corporate Executive Officer)
  • Shizuo Takashino
    Scheduled to be appointed as Corporate Executive
    (Currently Executive Deputy President and Sony Group China Representative, Corporate Executive Officer)
  • Teruo Masaki
    Scheduled to be appointed as Advisor
    (Currently Executive Deputy President and Group General Counsel, Corporate Executive Officer)
  • Fujio Nishida
    Scheduled to be appointed as Corporate Executive
    (Currently Executive Vice President, Officer in charge of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Corporate Executive Officer)
  • Takao Yuhara
    Scheduled to be appointed as Corporate Executive
    (Currently Senior Vice President, Officer in charge of Finance and IR, Corporate Executive Officer)
  • Yasunori Kirihara
    Scheduled to be appointed as Corporate Executive
    (Currently Senior Vice President, Officer in charge of Corporate Human Resources, Corporate Executive Officer)

The current executive titles are:"Corporate Executive Officer (Shikkoyaku)","Executive Officer (Gyomu-Shikko-Yakuin)" and "Group Executive Officer (Group Yakuin)". From June 22, these titles will change: "Executive Officer (Gyomu-Shikko-Yakuin)" will become "Corporate Executive"; and "Group Executive Officer (Group Yakuin)" will become "Group Executive".

The rankings of "Senior Executive Vice President (Senmu)"; "Executive Vice President (Jouseki-Joumu)", "Senior Vice President (Joumu)" and "Vice President (Gyomu-Shikko-Yakuin)" have been abolished.
These will be replaced by two ranks - Executive Vice President (EVP) and Senior Vice President (SVP). The intention is to streamline layers and create a more transparent and effective management structure.

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