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April 24, 2003



Executive Appointments

Tokyo, Japan - At its Board of Directors Meeting held on April 23, 2003, Sony Corporation decided candidates for the positions of Director, Corporate Executive Officer, Executive Officer and Group Executive Officer. These selections have been made in conjunction with Sony's decision to adopt the "Company with Committees" principle as announced on January 28, 2003.

The selections are subject to the approval of the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 20, 2003 (for Director candidates) and to the approval of the Board of Directors Meeting to be held on the same day (for Corporate Executive Officer, Executive Officer and Group Executive Officer candidates).

Board of Directors

The candidates for Board of Directors are as follows. Seven new director candidates have been selected (*).

Nobuyuki Idei Group CEO
Kunitake Ando Group COO/Electronics CEO and CQO
Teruhisa Tokunaka Group CSO
In charge of Personal Solutions Business Group and Network Application and Content Service Sector (NACS)
Minoru Morio Sony Group East Asia Representative, Group CPO
Teruo Masaki Group General Counsel
Howard Stringer Sony Group Americas Representative, Officer in charge of Entertainment Business Group, Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation of America
Ken Kutaragi Officer in charge of Game Business Group and Broadband Network Company, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.
Göran Lindahl Sony Group Europe Representative
Akihisa Ohnishi* Current Standing Statutory Auditor, Sony Corporation
Iwao Nakatani Director of Research, UFJ Institute Ltd., President, Tama University
Akishige Okada Chairman, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.
Chairman, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Hirobumi Kawano* Former Director-General of the Agency for Natural Resources & Energy
* Certain formalities are required by the Public Servants Law and after these are satisfied Mr. Kawano is scheduled to accept his invitation to become a Director.
Yotaro Kobayashi* Chairman of the Board, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
Carlos Ghosn* President and Chief Executive Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Sakie T. Fukushima* Representative Director & Regional Managing Director-Japan Member, Board of Directors, Korn/Ferry International
Yoshihiko Miyauchi* Representative Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ORIX Corporation
Yoshiaki Yamauchi* Director, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.

Candidates for the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Board and for Chairmen of the Committees have been decided as follows. The candidates for Committee Chairmen will consider details for the composition of each committee (numbers, members etc.)

Appointments as of June 20
Chairman of the Board Iwao Nakatani
Deputy Chairmen of the Board Hirobumi Kawano, Teruo Masaki

Chairmen of the Committees:
Nominating Committee: Yotaro Kobayashi
Compensation Committee: Akishige Okada
Audit Committee: Yoshiaki Yamauchi

Corporate Executive Officers (** concurrent with Director)

The following persons have been chosen as candidates for Representative Corporate Executive Officer and Corporate Executive Officer. They will have responsibility for implementing the Sony Group's management strategy.

Representative Corporate Executive Officers
Chairman Nobuyuki Idei** Group CEO
President Kunitake Ando** Group COO/Electronics CEO&CQO
Executive Deputy President Teruhisa Tokunaka** Group CSO, In charge of Personal Solutions Business Group and Network Application and Content Service Sector (NACS)

Corporate Executive Officers

Vice Chairman
Minoru Morio** Sony Group East Asia Representative, Group CPO

Vice Chairman
Howard Stringer** Sony Group Americas Representative, Officer in charge of Entertainment Business Group, Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation of America

Executive Deputy President
Shizuo Takashino** Officer in charge of IT & Mobile Solutions Network Company and Home Network Company

Executive Deputy President
Ken Kutaragi** Officer in charge of Game Business Group and Broadband Network Company, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.

Corporate Senior Executive Vice President
Teruo Masaki** Group General Counsel

Corporate Senior Executive Vice President
Akira Kondoh Group CIO

Corporate Senior Vice President
Takao Yuhara Group CFO

Corporate Executive Officer**
Göran Lindahl Sony Group Europe Representative:

Corporate Executive Officer
Nicole Seligman Group Deputy General Counsel

Statutory Auditors Resigned

Takafumi Abe

Masasuke Ohmori


Executive Officers

The current Corporate Executive Officer system has been renamed the Executive Officer system and will continue as a unique Sony management practice.As of June 20, 2003 the number of Executive Officers is scheduled to be 38.

New Executive Officers
Appointments as of June 20

Executive Vice President
Tadasu Kawai Currently Standing Statutory Auditor

Vice President
Yasunori Kirihara Currently Senior General Manager, Global Organization & HR Strategy Div. And Corporate Human Resources

Vice President
Osamu Kumagai
Currently President, Device Solutions Company of the Micro Systems Network Company

Vice President
Makoto Kogure
Currently President, Projection Display Company of the Home Network Company

Vice President
Takao Hiramoto
Currently President, Broadband Communication Company of the IT & Mobile Solutions Network Company

Vice President
Yoshinori Yamamoto
Currently President, Home Audio Company of the Home Network Company

Vice President
Tadao Yoshida
Currently President, Network CE Development Laboratories


Promoted to Executive Officer
Appointments as of June 20

Senior Executive Vice President
Teruaki Aoki Currently in charge of Intellectual Property and Memory Stick Business Center

Senior Executive Vice President
Kenichiro Yonezawa Currently in charge of Corporate Human Resources and Corporate General Affairs

Executive Vice President (Corporate Research Fellow)
Yoshio Nishi Currently President, Materials Laboratories

Executive Vice President
Yutaka Nakagawa Currently Deputy President, Micro Systems Network Company

Executive Vice President
Tetsujiro Kondoh Currently President, A-cubed Research Center, CTO of Home Network Company

Executive Vice President
Tsutomu Niimura Curently NC President, Home Network Company

Executive Vice President
Ryoji Chubashi Currently NC President, Micro Systems Network Company

Senior Vice President (Corporate Research Fellow)
Shigeo Kubota Currently CTO, Micro Systems Network Company

Senior Vice President (Corporate Research Fellow)
Akira Iga Currently President, Ubiquitous Technology Laboratories


Corporate Executive Officers Retired

As of June 20

Yoshiyuki Kamon (scheduled to be appointed as Counsellor)

Mitsuru Inaba (scheduled to be appointed as Advisor)

New Group Executive Officers
As of June 20
Hiromu Inoue Currently President, EMCS-America, Sony Electronics Inc.
Masaru Kato Currently Deputy President/CFO Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.
Yukio Kubota Currently Representative Director & President, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Japan Inc.
Haruyasu Nagata Managing Director, Sony Marketing Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.
Andrew Lack Chairman/CEO Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.

Group Executive Officers Retired
As of June 20
Hiroyuki Matsumoto (scheduled to be appointed as Counsellor)
Fujio Sugano (scheduled to be appointed as Advisor)
Hiroshi Shoda (scheduled to be appointed as Advisor)