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Sony Corp confirm US executive rejigs

By | Published on Friday 30 March 2012

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Sony Corp has confirmed the executive rejig in its American division that was rumoured last week, which sees Sony Pictures Entertainment boss Michael Lynton also become CEO for Sony Corporation Of America. Sony General Counsel Nicole Seligman will also become President, heading up business and legal affairs for the division.

The promotions, which come as the top guard at Sony Corp HQ in Tokyo change, with Kazuo Hirai rising to the CEO post, will kick in at the end of June. The move means that the bosses of Sony’s two US-based music companies – Sony Music’s Doug Morris and Sony/ATV’s Marty Bandier – will both report to Lynton.

Commenting on the appointments, new Sony boss Hirai told reporters: “I have known both Michael and Nicole for many years, and they will do an excellent job at Sony Corporation Of America. They will be key members of my management team as we build on the progress made under the leadership of [my predecessor] Howard [Stringer] and fulfill Sony’s destiny as the company best able to make and deliver the kind of entertainment, products and services people want”.

Elsewhere, it was also confirmed that Sony Corporation Of America’s CFO Rob Wiesenthal will move into the Sony/ATV music publishing company as Chief Strategy Officer, reporting to Bandier, and overseeing all territories outside North America and the UK. It’s thought he’ll also be involved in working out quite how new acquisition EMI Music Publishing (assuming that takeover gets the go ahead from regulators) will fit into the Sony/ATV business, given the Sony publisher will not own the EMI company outright.

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