Saturday, May 18, 2024

Sir Howard Stringer Announces His Retirement from Sony Corp


One of the great people in the media world, Sir Howard Stringer, has announced his retirement. Stringer, 71,  told a group at the Japan Society tonight that he will retire in June. Stringer has led Sony through a lot of changes. Sony Pictures and Sony Music have thrived under him. The only part of the company that’s struggled is electronics, as Sony has never really come up with a way to compete with Apple. Once, the Sony Walkman was in everyone’s hands. Then the DiscMan. But the iPod and iPad really rocked Sony’s world. (I do love their TVs and laptops, though.) Stringer leaves Sony Music in very good shape, and Sony Pictures is solid with movies like “Zero Dark Thirty,” the Spider Man series, and, of course James Bond via MGM. Recently, they sold their headquarters building on Madison Avenue. Last year, trusty CFO Rob Wiesenthal left for Warner Music. And now Stringer will cede power. He’s been with Sony since 1997, and CEO since 2005. Personally, I will miss him. But it’s not like he won’t be back, and soon, with some great project.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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