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April 27, 2001



Sony Announces Executive- Level Changes in Management



(Tokyo, Japan)

Sony Corporation today announced executive-level changes in management for Directors, Statutory Auditors, Corporate Executive Officers and Group Executive Officers. The changes were proposed by the Nominating Committee and approved today at a Board of Directors' Meeting. The new appointments of Directors and Statutory Auditors are subject to approval at the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 21, 2001.


1) New Board of Directors candidate
Göran Lindahl (former President and CEO, ABB)

2) Resigning Director from Sony Corporation Board
Tamotsu Iba (to be named Advisor, Sony Corporation, continues as Chairman, Sony Bank Inc.)

3) New Statutory Auditor candidate
Masasuke Ohmori (former Director-General, Cabinet Legislation Bureau, current Visiting Professor at Waseda University School of Law, Attorney)

4) Resigning Statutory Auditor
Kazuaki Morita

5) New Corporate Executive Officers (effective June 21, 2001)
Kazuo Yamagiwa Corporate Vice President
(current President, Mixed Signal Device Co., Semiconductor Network Company)
Hiroyuki Matsumoto Corporate Vice President
(current President, Imaging Device Co., Semiconductor Network Company)
Mitsuru Inaba Corporate Vice President
(current Senior General Manager, Creative Center)

6)Resigning Corporate Executive Officers (effective June 21, 2001)
Tamotsu Iba Vice Chairman
(to be named Advisor, Sony Corporation, continues as Chairman, Sony Bank Inc.)
Junichi Kodera Executive Deputy President
(to be named Advisor, Sony Corporation, continues as Chairman, Sony Marketing (Japan), Inc.)
Kenichi Oyama Corporate Senior Executive Vice President
(continues as President, Sony Human Capital Corporation)
Tsugio Makimoto Corporate Research Fellow (Corporate Senior Executive Vice President)
(to be named, Advisor, Sony Corporation, continues as CTO, Semiconductor Network Company)
Sumio Sano Corporate Executive Vice President
(to be named Advisor, Sony Corporation, continues as supervising officer for Corporate Environmental Affairs)
Mitsuyuki Watanabe Corporate Executive Vice President
(to be named Advisor, Sony Corporation, to be appointed Chairman of Sony Precision Technology Inc. [May 1, 2001]
Yukio Kubota Corporate Senior Vice President
(to be named as Counsellor, Sony Corporation)
Jun Takayama Corporate Research Fellow (Corporate Vice President)
(to be named as Counsellor, Sony Corporation)


7) New Group Executive Officer (effective May 1, 2001)
Kenji Kitatani Current Advisor, Sony Corporation, to be named as Executive Vice President, Sony Corporation of America [May 1, 2001]



Sony Announces Göran Lindahl as Candidate for Appointment to the Board of Directors

Sony Corporation has chosen Göran Lindahl, former president and CEO of ABB, as a candidate for the Sony Board of Directors. The appointment is scheduled for ratification at the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 21, 2001. The Sony Board of Directors will therefore consist of 12 persons (including 4 external directors) as of June 21, 2001.

As president and CEO of ABB, Mr. Lindahl made remarkable contributions in reorganizing the operations and structure of this European company as it pursued global business expansion.

Mr. Lindahl has rich experience in devising organizational structures that permit speedy and flexible management even within a large corporation. He is also deeply knowledgeable about integrating diverse business operations and geographical areas into a unified corporate culture. As Sony develops its own global operations for a new era, Mr. Lindahl's wisdom and advice will prove invaluable.


Göran Lindahl Profile

Nationality: Swedish

1971 - Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (Honorary Doctorate Degree from Chalmers University of Gothenburg awarded in 1993)
1971 - ASEA Ludvika, Sweden
High-Voltage Direct Current Division
Manager, High-Voltage Testing Laboratory
Manager, Marketing and Sales for Transformers

1983 - 1986 - President of various ASEA companies

1986 - Executive Vice President, ASEA AB
1988 - Executive Vice President, ABB Asea Brown Boveri
Responsible for the power transmission segment

1997 - President and Chief Executive Officer, ABB Asea Brown Boveri (resigned December 2000)
* ABB Asea Brown Boveri changed its name to ABB in 1998

Since 1985 also responsible for various geographical areas (Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent, Central and Eastern Europe), and from 1993 focused on building up ABB's operations throughout Asia.
1999 - Member of the Board of DuPont, USA
Member of the Board of Ericsson, Sweden
Member of the International Advisory Board of Salomon Smith Barney International, USA

Previously a member of various Boards including ABB, Atlas Copco and SAAB.