Updated on April 9, 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. In addition to these statutory bodies and positions, Sony has Corporate Executives who carry out business operations and corporate functions within designated areas. In line with its corporate strategy and in response to a changing environment, with an aim to maintain the most appropriate way to manage the Sony Group's business operation Sony continually works to enhance its governance functions.

Directors and Corporate Executive Officers who were elected in June, 2017


Board of Directors

  • Chairman of the Board: Osamu Nagayama*1
    Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
  • Kazuo Hirai
    Chairman, Sony Corporation
  • Kenichiro Yoshida
    Representative Corporate Executive Officer, President and CEO, Sony Corporation
  • Takaaki Nimura*1
    Ceritified Public Accountant
  • 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, Dow Corning Toray Co., Ltd.
  • Kunihito Minakawa*1
    Former Audit and Supervisory Board Member, Ricoh Company, Ltd.
  • Shuzo Sumi*1
    Chairman of the Board, Tokyo Marine Holdings, Inc.

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

Audit Committee
Takaaki Nimura*1(Chair)
Kazuo Matsunaga*1
Kunihito Minakawa*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


Corporate Excecutive Officers

  • Kenichiro Yoshida*2
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    As the Chief Executive Officer, shall be in charge of overall management of the entire group.
  • Hiroki Totoki*2
    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
    Of the headquarters functions, shall be responsible for Corporate Planning and Control, Corporate Strategy, Accounting, Tax, Finance, IR, Disclosure Controls, Information Systems, Internal Audit and SOX 404 management.
  • Tomoyuki Suzuki
    Executive Deputy President
    As the Executive Deputy President, shall support Chief Executive Officer.
  • Shiro Kambe
    Executive Vice President
    Of the headquarters functions, shall be responsible for Legal, Compliance, Corporate Communications, CSR, External Relations and Information Security & Privacy.
    In charge of the Board Secretariat.
  • Masashi Imamura
    Executive Vice President
    Shall be responsible for the Quality & Environment.
    In charge of Engineering Platform.
  • Shigeki Ishizuka
    Executive Vice President
    Shall be responsible for Imaging Products & Solutions business.
    Shall be responsible for Mobile Communications business.
    Shall be responsible for Storage Media business.
  • Ichiro Takagi
    Executive Vice President
    Shall be responsible for Home Entertainment & Sound business.
    Shall be responsible for Consumer AV Sales & Marketing.
    Shall be responsible for the Manufacturing, Logistics, Procurement.
  • Kazushi Ambe
    Executive Vice President
    Of the headquarters functions, shall be responsible for Human Resources and General Affairs.
  • Toru Katsumoto
    Executive Vice President
    Shall be responsible for the R&D Platform.
    Shall support the Corporate Executive Officer in charge of Imaging Products & Solutions business and be responsible for Medical business.
  • *2Representative Corporate Executive Officer concurrently serving as Director

(Name and position s of Directors and Corporate Executive Officers as of April 1, 2018)

Board of Directors, Sony Corporation

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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