Feeds

Sir Howard's days as Sony prez said to be numbered

Younger blood may lead the struggling company

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Sir Howard Stringer may be out of his job as president of Sony, according to a report in the Nikkei Business Daily.

Stringer, who will turn 70 next month, is said to be replaced by Sony's consumer products chief, Kazuo Hirai. Hirai joined Sony in 1984 on the music side of the business, but made his name with the company in its games sector, shepherding the launches of the PS2 and PlayStation Network.

According to the report, Stringer will keep his current role as chairman and CEO with Sony for the time being. However, he is widely expected to stand down and retire next year, regardless of further corporate shakeups. Sony told The Register that it had no comment on the matter.

Stringer has had an interesting career, to say the least. A graduate of Oxford, he moved to the US in 1964 to seek his fortune, but was almost immediately drafted and spent the next two years in Vietnam, where he earned the US Army Commendation Medal.

After his return to the US, he worked as a journalist for CBS before rising to management and ultimately the position of president of the group from 1988 to 1995. He left to set up his own media company, but was poached by Sony two years later as president of Sony USA.

He rose quickly within the company, becoming chairman and CEO in 2005, then president in 2009. He’s a regular at the annual Consumer Electronics Show – last year he shared a stage with Taylor Swift, who looked visibly uncomfortable when he suggested they go shopping together – and is very much the well-known public face of the company. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity
What really shortens lives? Reading this sort of crap in the papers
Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU
Cupertino stands down after Euro legal threats
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.