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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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