by Mike Masnick

Sir Howard To Lead Sony; First Non-Japanese CEO

from the good-or-bad? dept

Sir Howard Stringer has quite a reputation, both inside and outside of Sony. One thing that is often said about him is that he actually does understand what's happening, and isn't afraid to go against convention to do the right thing. Apparently, Sony felt his ability to do that in various parts of their business means that he's qualified to be the company's first non-Japanese CEO and chairman. It's going to be a big task, however. A few years back, when he was given the task of turning around Sony Music, he made all the right noises saying that the recording industry needed to be reinvented from the ground up and apologized for the industry offending consumers and musicians. However, he didn't exactly follow through. Not long after saying that, he started praising the RIAA lawsuits, and claimed they resulted in Sony's music business turnaround. While he apparently hasn't figured things out in his own mind, he's going to have to deal with a "house divided" within Sony itself. On the one hand, part of Sony is saying that copy protection has held up innovation while the other hand is saying that there can be no music business models without copy protection. Hopefully Sir Howard can live up to his reputation -- but I'm not holding my breath.

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    dorpus, 7 Mar 2005 @ 1:28am

    Not really electronics anymore

    Sony is more media than electronics at this point. Japanese are still good at making obscure precision machines for other manufacturers, but as for consumer products, they've just been making silly robots in recent years. They're good at some aspects of material science, but otherwise Japanese technology doesn't have much to offer.

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    nonuser, 7 Mar 2005 @ 6:12am

    Cell processor

    The Cell processor scheduled to power the PS3 could be a dramatic revenue engine, shared with their partners IBM and Toshiba. Sony engineers hold the key architecture patent. Hopefully, this guy won't blink when Bill Gates comes calling with his vision of a fantastic win-win situation for Sony, Microsoft, and consumers.

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    Precision Blogger, 7 Mar 2005 @ 6:34am


    There can only be business models with no innovation.

    Good luck, Sony!

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