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April 27, 2004




Executive Appointments


Tokyo, Japan - At its Board of Directors Meeting held on April 26, 2004, Sony Corporation decided candidates for the positions of Member of the Board, Corporate Executive Officer, Executive Officer and Group Executive Officer.

The selections are subject to the approval of the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 22, 2004 (for Member of the Board 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).

Members of the Board(*Independent Director)
The candidates for Board Members are as follows.
Nobuyuki Idei
Kunitake Ando
Teruo Masaki
Howard Stringer
Ken Kutaragi
Teruhisa Tokunaka
Göran Lindahl
Akihisa Ohnishi
Iwao Nakatani*Director of Research, UFJ Institute Ltd., President, Tama University
Akishige Okada* Chairman of the Board (Representative Director), Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.,Chairman of the Board (Representative Director), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Hirobumi Kawano*Executive Advisor, The Tokio Marine and Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
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, Korn/Ferry International
Member, Board of Directors, Korn/Ferry International, U.S.A
Yoshihiko Miyauchi*Director, Representative Executive Officer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ORIX Corporation
Yoshiaki Yamauchi*Director, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.

Members of the Board Retired
Minoru Morio

Corporate Executive Officers (** concurrent with Director)
The candidates for Representative Corporate Executive Officer and Corporate Executive Officer are as follows. Seven new Corporate Executive Officers have been selected (***).
Representative Corporate Executive Officers
ChairmanNobuyuki Idei**Group CEO
PresidentKunitake Ando**Global Hub President, Officer in charge of Personal Solutions Business Group
Corporate Executive Officers
Vice ChairmanHoward Stringer**COO (in charge of Entertainment Business Group), Sony Group Americas Representative
Executive Deputy President Shizuo TakashinoCOO(in charge of IT & Mobile Solutions Network Company and Professional Solutions Network Company)
Executive Deputy PresidentKen Kutaragi**COO (in charge of Game Business Group, Home Electronics Network Company,Semiconductor Solutions Network Company (SSNC)),NC President, SSNC
Executive Deputy PresidentTeruo Masaki**Group General Counsel
Executive Deputy President Katsumi Ihara***Group CSO&CFO
Executive Deputy PresidentRyoji Chubachi***COO (in charge of Micro Systems Network Company(MSNC) and EMCS),NC President, MSNC
Corporate Senior Executive Vice PresidentKeiji Kimura***NC President, IT & Mobile Solutions Network Company
Corporate Executive Vice PresidentTsutomu Niimura***NC President, Home Electronics Network Company
Corporate Executive Vice PresidentFujio Nishida***Officer in charge of Marketing and Corporate Communications
Corporate Senior Vice PresidentTakao YuharaOfficer in charge of Finance and Investor Relations
Corporate Senior Vice PresidentNobuyuki Oneda***Officer in charge of Corporate Planning & Control and Accounting
Corporate Senior Vice PresidentYasunori Kirihara***Officer in charge of Corporate Human Resources
Corporate Executive OfficerNicole SeligmanGroup Deputy General Counsel

Corporate Executive Officers Retired
As of June 22
Teruhisa TokunakaScheduled to be appointed as President, Representative Director, Sony Financial Holdings Inc. (Currently Executive Deputy President and Group CSO, Representative Corporate Executive Officer)
Minoru MorioScheduled to be appointed as Advisor (Currently Vice Chairman and Sony Group East Asia Representative, Group CPO, Corporate Executive Officer)
Akira Kondoh (Currently Corporate Senior Executive Vice President and Group CIO, Corporate Executive Officer)
Göran Lindahl(Currently Sony Group Europe Representative and Chairman of Sony Group in Europe, Corporate Executive Officer)

Executive Officers
As of June 22, 2004 the number of Executive Officers is scheduled to be 34.
New Executive Officers
Appointments as of June 22
Senior Vice President
Kenshi Manabe
(Currently CTO of Semiconductor Technology)
Vice President
Masataka Kawashima
(Currently General Manager, Accounting Department)
Vice President
Tadashi Saito
(Currently CFO of Sony Electronics Inc., in charge of Corporate Development in Global Hub)
Vice President
Tomoyuki Suzuki
(Currently President, Imaging Device Company, Semiconductor Solutions Network Company)
Vice President
Masaaki Tsuruta
(Currently Deputy President of Semiconductor Solutions Network Company (SSNC), President of SoC Solution Center, SSNC)
Promoted Executive Officers
Appointments as of June 22
Executive Vice President
Yoshihide Nakamura
(Currently Senior Vice President, Senior General Manager, Intellectual Property Division)
Senior Vice President
Norihisa Shirota
(Currently Vice President, CTO of Home Electronics,President, Research & Development Group, Semiconductor Solutions Network Company)
Senior Vice President
Yoshihiro Taya
(Currently Vice President, CFO of IT & Mobile Solutions Network Company,CFO of Professional Solutions Network Company)
Senior Vice President
Takashi Fukushima
(Currently Vice President, Deputy President, IT & Mobile Solutions Network Company (IMNC), President, Personal Audio Company of IMNC)

New Group Executive Officers
As of June 22
Kazutomo Enomoto (Currently Representative Director, Sony Culture Entertainment Inc.)
Keiji Nakazawa(Currently Representative Director and CFO, S-LCD Corporation)
Michael Lynton(Currently Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.)

Change from Group Executive Officers to Executive Officers
As of June 22
Executive Vice President
Eiji Kishi
(Currently Group Executive Officer, President of Personal Solutions Business Group)
Senior Vice President
Masao Morita
(Currently Group Executive Officer, Representative Director, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.)

Executive Officers Retired
As of June 22
Mario TokoroScheduled to be appointed as Counselor (Currently Executive Vice President, Co-President, Institute of Strategy)
Toshitada DoiScheduled to be appointed as Counselor(Currently Executive Vice President, General Manager, Life Dynamics Laboratories Preparation Office)
Tadao YoshidaScheduled to be appointed as Counselor (Currently Vice President, Creative Center)
Seiichi WatanabeScheduled to be appointed as Advisor (Currently Executive Vice President, Officer in charge of Environmental Affairs)
Tadasu KawaiScheduled to be appointed as Advisor (Currently Executive Vice President, Officer in charge of Global Audit)
Takeo KajiScheduled to be appointed as Advisor (Currently Vice President, Officer in charge of External Relations, Global Professional Solutions)

Group Executive Officers Retired
As of June 22
Tadakatsu HasebeScheduled to be appointed as Advisor
(Currently President, Representative Director, Sony Supply Chain Solutions, Inc.)
As of April 30
Kenji Kitatani(Currently Executive Vice President, Sony Corporation of America)