Howard Stringer

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Sir Howard Stringer
Sir Howard Stringer Shankbone Metropolitan Opera 2009.jpg
Stringer at opening night of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera
Born (1942-02-19) February 19, 1942 (age 72)
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Education University of Oxford
Alma mater Merton College, Oxford[1]
Occupation Chairman of the Board, Sony Corporation
Spouse(s) Jennifer A. Kinmond Patterson

Sir Howard Stringer (born February 19, 1942) is a Welsh businessman, operating in the USA. He served as Chairman of the Board, chairman, president and CEO of Sony Corporation.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Stringer was born in Cardiff, Wales, the son of Marjorie Mary (née Pook), a Welsh schoolteacher, and Harry Stringer, an English sergeant in the Royal Air Force.[3] In July 1978 he married [4][5] Jennifer A. Kinmond Patterson. They have two children.

His younger brother, Rob Stringer, was chairman of Sony Music Label Group[citation needed].

Stringer attended Oundle School in Northamptonshire along with 11 other secondary schools by the time he was 16.[1] He went on to receive a Master of Arts from the University of Oxford in Modern History.[6] He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on December 31, 1999 and appeared on Desert Island Discs[1] in 2013.

Career[edit]

Stringer moved to the United States in 1965. After working at CBS's flagship station WCBS-TV for six months he was drafted into the United States Army, serving as a military policeman in Saigon for ten months in the Vietnam War.[7][5][8][9] Stringer returned to CBS, where he had a 30 year career. He started in a series of lowly jobs, including answering backstage phones for The Ed Sullivan Show.[10] He then became a journalist, producer and senior executive. He served as president of CBS from 1988 to 1995, where he was responsible for all the broadcast activities of its entertainment, news, sports, radio and television stations.[6]

Highlights of his career at CBS[edit]

  • Executive producer of "CBS Reports" (1976–1981)[11]
  • Executive producer of "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" (1981–1984)[11]
  • President of CBS News (1986–1988)[11]
  • President of CBS, Inc. (1988–1995)[11]

TELE-TV[edit]

Sir Howard Stringer left CBS in 1995 to set up TELE-TV, a media and technology company formed by US telecoms Bell Atlantic, NYNEX, Pacific Telesis, and Creative Artists Agency in February 1995. He left two years later to join Sony.[12]

Sony[edit]

Howard Stringer in 2008

Stringer began work at Sony in May 1997 as president of its US operational unit (Sony Corporation of America). He was made a Sony group executive officer in May 1998.[12]

Since June 2005, he had been chairman and CEO of Sony overseeing the entire businesses of Sony, including its media and electronics subsidiaries such as the Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Financial Holdings. On April 1, 2009, he became president of Sony Corporation and ousted Ryoji Chubachi in what was seen as prelude to broader corporate restructuring.[13] Stringer also serves as executive chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Corporation of America. He has been president of Sony Broadband Entertainment Corporation since March 2000.[6]

Stringer previously was head of the Sony Corporation of America and was promoted to the company's top position as the corporation overall was having trouble with losses and was facing increasing competition from rivals like Samsung, Sharp, Apple Inc. and Panasonic. With his experience primarily in the media industry, Stringer was responsible for the media business of Sony in the U.S. by overseeing the release of the Spider-Man movie series, among others.[citation needed]

In his capacity as CEO of Sony, Stringer principally resides in Tokyo, though he frequently visits New York City, Beijing, Hong Kong, Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, and London.[14]

On February 1, 2012, Sony announced that Stringer would step down as President and CEO, effective April 1, to be replaced by Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President and Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment.[15] Stringer relinquished his title of chairman of Sony and became chairman of the board of Sony in June ('Chairman of Sony' and 'Chairman of the Board of Directors' are separate positions at Sony). In June 2013, Stringer retired as Chairman of the Board of Sony.[16]

Awards and honors[6][edit]

  • He received the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement while serving in the Republic of Vietnam.
  • He earned nine Emmys from 1974 to 1976 as a writer, director and producer.
  • In 1996, he was awarded the First Amendment Leadership Award by the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation.
  • In 1996, he was also inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
  • In May 1999, he received the UJA-Federation of New York's Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award.
  • In November 1999, he was inducted into the Royal Television Society's Welsh Hall of Fame.
  • On December 31, 1999 he received the title of Knight Bachelor from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • In February 2007, the Museum of Television and Radio awarded him with its Visionary Award for Innovative Leadership in Media and Entertainment.
  • He has been honored by Lincoln Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The New York Hall of Science and The American Theatre Wing.
  • He received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Glamorgan in Wales and University of the Arts London.
  • In 2000, he received an honorary fellowship from Merton College, Oxford.
  • In 2001, he received an honorary fellowship from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs, Sir Howard Stringer". 
  2. ^ http://www.sony.com/SCA/bios/stringer.shtml, Sony
  3. ^ Schindehette, Susan (1993-04-05). "Howard Stringer". People. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  4. ^ Diamond, Edwin (1988-08-22). "Television's New Fall Lineup: the Changing Guard at the Big Three...". New York Magazine (New York Media, LLC) 21 (33): 110. ISSN0028-7369. 
  5. ^ a b "Howard Stringer Biography (1942-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  6. ^ a b c d "BusinessWeek Executive Profile: Howard Stringer". Businessweek.com. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  7. ^ Schindehette, Susan (1993-04-05). "Howard Stringer". People. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Grifiths, Katherine. "Sir Howard Stringer, US Head Of Sony: Sony's knight buys Tinseltown dream." The Independent, 18 September 2004.
  9. ^ "The Interview: Howard Stringer." The Independent, 21 March 2005.
  10. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13188855/ns/business-cnbc_tv/t/sony-ceo-howard-stringer-transcript/
  11. ^ a b c d Biography for Howard Stringer - Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ a b Griffiths, Katherine. "Sir Howard Stringer, US Head Of Sony: Sony's knight buys Tinseltown dream." The Independent, 18 September 2004
  13. ^ Suzuki, Hiroshi; Masaki Kondo (February 27, 2009). "Sony’s CEO Stringer Ousts Chubachi in Overhaul of Management". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  14. ^ ]http://www.sony.com/SCA/bios/stringer_profile.shtml\
  15. ^ "Sony names Kazuo Hirai as President and CEO; Sir Howard Stringer to become Chairman of the Board of Directors". Sony Corporation. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Sony chairman Sir Howard Stringer to retire". BBC News. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 

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Preceded by
Nobuyuki Idei
Chairman of Sony Corporation
2005-2012
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Ryoji Chubachi
President of Sony Corporation
2005-March 2012
Succeeded by
Kazuo Hirai
Preceded by
Nobuyuki Idei
CEO of Sony Corporation
2005-March 2012
Succeeded by
Kazuo Hirai
Preceded by
Yotaro Kobayashi
Chairman of the Board of Sony Corporation
June 27, 2012-June 20, 2013
Succeeded by
Osamu Nagayama
Preceded by
CEO of Sony Corporation of America
1998-June 2012
Succeeded by
Michael Lynton