Updated on August 29, 2018

Governance Framework

Sony Corporation is governed by its Board of Directors, which is elected at the annual shareholders' meeting. The Board has three committees (the Nominating Committee, Audit Committee and Compensation Committee), each consisting of Directors named by the Board. Corporate Executive Officers are appointed by resolution of the Board. Sony has appointed its Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), who is responsible for Sony’s overall management, and other officers that directly report to the CEO and who are responsible for important and extensive headquarters functions as Corporate Executive Officers. In addition to these statutory bodies and positions, Sony grants titles, such as Senior Executive Vice President, Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President, to management team members in accordance with their respective roles and responsibilities.

Directors and Senior Executives who were elected in June, 2018

Supervision

Board of Directors

  • Chairman of the Board: Osamu Nagayama*1
    Representative Director, Chairman, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
  • Vice Chairman of the Board: Shuzo Sumi*1
    Chairman of the Board, Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc
  • Kenichiro Yoshida
    Representative Corporate Executive Officer, President and CEO, Sony Corporation
  • Kazuo Hirai
    Chairman, Sony Corporation
  • Eikoh Harada*1
    Former Chairman, President and CEO, Representative Director, McDonald's Holdings Company (Japan), Ltd
  • Tim Schaaff
    Chief Product Officer, Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Independent Startup Advisor
    Former President, Sony Network Entertainment International LLC
  • Kazuo Matsunaga*1
    Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation
    Former Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Koichi Miyata*1
    Chairman of the Board, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.
    Chairman of the Board, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • John V. Roos*1
    Former United States Ambassador to Japan
    Founding Partner, Geodesic Capital
  • Eriko Sakurai*1
    Chairman and CEO, Representative Director, Dow Corning Toray Co., Ltd.
  • Kunihito Minakawa*1
    Former Audit and Supervisory Board Member, Ricoh Company, Ltd.
  • Toshiko Oka*1
    CEO, Oka & Company Ltd.

Nominating Committee
Osamu Nagayama*1(Chair)
Shuzo Sumi*1
Koichi Miyata*1
John V. Roos*1
Kenichiro Yoshida

Audit Committee
Kazuo Matsunaga*1(Chair)
Kunihito Minakawa*1
Toshiko Oka*1

Compensation Committee
Eikoh Harada*1(Chair)
John V. Roos *1
Eriko Sakurai *1

  • *1An Outside Director who satisfies the requirements under item 15, Article 2 of the Companies Act of Japan

Management

  • Kenichiro Yoshida*
    President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Hiroki Totoki*
    Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Shigeki Ishizuka
    Senior Executive Vice President
    Officer in charge of Imaging Products & Solutions Business, Mobile Communications Business, Storage Media Business Representative Director and President, Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc.
  • Ichiro Takagi
    Senior Executive Vice President
    Officer in charge of Home Entertainment & Sound Business,
    Consumer AV Sales & Marketing,
    Manufacturing, Logistics, Procurement and Engineering Platform
    Representative Director and President, Sony Visual Products Inc.
    Representative Director and President, Sony Video & Sound Products Inc.
  • Shiro Kambe**
    Executive Vice President
    Officer in charge of Legal, Compliance, Corporate Communications, CSR, External Relations, Quality, Environment, Information Security & Privacy,
  • Kazushi Ambe**
    Executive Vice President
    Officer in charge of Employees and General Affairs
  • Toru Katsumoto**
    Executive Vice President
    Officer in charge of R&D and Medical business
    Representative Director and Deputy President,
    Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc.
  • Martin Bandier
    Executive Vice President
    Officer in charge of Music Publishing Business
    Chairman & CEO, Sony / ATV Music Publishing LLC
  • Terushi Shimizu
    Executive Vice President
    Officer in charge of Semiconductor Business
    Representative Director and President,
    Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Representative Director, President,
    Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation
  • Michinori Mizuno
    Executive Vice President
    Officer in charge of Music Business (Japan)
    Representative Director and CEO,
    Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
  • Shigeru Ishii
    Executive Vice President
    President, Representative Director, Sony Financial Holdings Inc.
  • Tsuyoshi Kodera
    Executive Vice President
    Officer in charge of Game & Network Service Business
    President and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
  • Rob Stringer
    Executive Vice President
    Officer in charge of Music Business (Global)
    CEO, Sony Music Entertainment
  • Anthony Vinciquerra
    Executive Vice President
    Officer in charge of Pictures Business
    Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
  • *Representative Corporate Executive Officer
  • **Corporate Executive Officer

(Name and positions as of July 31, 2018)

Sony explains to its stakeholders, including its shareholders, the reasons for, and background of, the nomination and/or appointment of each individual. Please refer to the pages below for releases and convocation notices in respect of individual appointments or nominations.

Meeting record

During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, the Board convened eight times. The Nominating Committee met five times, the Audit Committee met six times and the Compensation Committee met six times. All ten outside Directors, including Joichi Ito who retired in June 2017, participated in all meetings of the Board held during their tenure period in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. Also, all nine outside Directors who are members of Committees participated in all of the meetings of each Committee held during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.
The Board conducted outside Directors' meetings, Directors' corporate strategic workshops with management, site visits by outside Directors and meetings of the Chairman of the Board and the CEO. These activities were aimed at enhancing the oversight function of the Board, securing better understanding by outside Directors of Sony's business and management's initiatives and encouraging corporate strategic discussions among Directors.

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