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Sony reorganizes electronics biz

Posted: 27 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ryoji Chubachi? Yutaka Nakagawa? Katsumi Ihara? Keiichiro Shimada? Makoto Kogure?

Sony Corp. disclosed that it will realign certain key executive responsibilities in its electronics business effective next month (Oct. 1). According to the company, this reorganization will be implemented to strengthen its mid- to long-term growth strategy, further support its core businesses, as well as put additional focus on areas of product development and product quality.

Under president and electronics CEO Dr. Ryoji Chubachi, all core consumer product business will be coordinated and led by executive deputy president Katsumi Ihara. Meanwhile, the semiconductor and component device businesses will be led by Yutaka Nakagawa, who will be promoted to executive deputy president. R&D and all new business functions will also be under Dr. Chubachi's direct supervision.

One year into its revitalization plan, said the press release, Sony has achieved certain progress in its recovery plan for key electronics business categories. To continue this positive trend by using all its assets and resources, the company decided to unite and streamline core AV/IT businesses under Ihara, and focus critical semiconductor manufacturing and component device efforts under Nakagawa.

Dr. Chubachi is scheduled to be appointed as OIC of technology development groups, while Keiichiro Shimada will be promoted to president of the technology development group. Shimada will oversee the development of software and technology linked to next generation products. And, as announced earlier, Makoto Kogure assumed the position of corporate executive in charge of product quality and safety for the company.

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