Howard Stringer

Former Sony CEO

Howard Stringer
  • Residence: Japan
  • MA - University of Oxford
  • BA - University of Oxford
  • Other Education - Merton College, Oxford University
  • Honorary Doctorate - University Of Glamorgan
  • Chairman - 550 Digital Media Ventures Inc.
  • Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of Sony Corporation, Chief Executive Officer of Sony Corporation and Representative Corporate Executive Officer of Sony Corporation - Sony Corporation of America
  • Trustee - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Trustee - The Paley Center for Media
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees - American Film Institute
  • Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Corporation - Sony of Canada Ltd.
  • Director - Teach For America, Inc.
  • Director - Center for Communication, Inc.
  • Director - The Carnegie Hall Corporation
  • Director - Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.
  • Director- American Theater Wing, Inc.
  • Directorn - American Friends of the British Museum

Howard Stringer's Bio

After a long history in various executive positions at CBS, Sir Howard Stringer became the Sony CEO in June of 2005, also becoming the president of that same company in 2009, while serving as a Representative Corporate EO of Sony.

Howard Stringer calls Cardiff, Wales his home, having been born to a Welsh schoolteacher and an English sergeant in the Royal Air Force. His family emmigrated to the United States in 1965, after which Howard Stringer served a stint with the United States Army during the Vietnam War, becoming a citizen in 1985 (he still holds his UK citizenship, making him a dual citizen). Howard Stringer went to the Oundle School in Northamptonshire, and later attended the University of Oxford where he received a Master of Arts Degree in Modern History. On December 31, 1999 Queen Elizabeth II knighted Howard Stringer, before he was the Sony CEO.

Howard Stringer became Sony CEO after he was picked up from TELE-TV, the Bell Atlantic company where he had been CEO from February 1995 to April 1997, the company that was combined with the merger of three of the biggest telecommunications companies in the United States, namely Bell Atlantic, NYEX and Pacific Telsis. Howard Stringer performed remarkably well in this position, resulting in his eventual picking up from Sony.

Howard Stringer began his career as a writer, director and producer, and performed in all of those areas remarkably, winning a total of nine Emmys as a writer, director and producer from 1973 to 1983. CBS Evening News with Dan Rather was one of the most-watched evening news programs while Howard Stringer was its executive producer for three years until 1984, and that program proved to be dominant. From 1986 to 1988, Howard Stringer was the President of CBS News, and championed the development of multiple new programs, among which is the award-winning 48 hours, which still holds a primetime spot many years later.

Howard Stringer also was the executive producer of a documentary unit known as REPORTS, which won nearly every honor available in television; the program Howard Stringer headed finished with a total 31 Emmy Awards, 4 Peabody Awards, 3 Christopher Awards, an ABA Silver Gavel, 3 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, 3 Overseas Press Club Awards, and the Robert F. Kennedy Grand Prize. There was no producer quite like Howard Stringer, and this success was seen across many industries, including Sony, which made him the Sony CEO for the future.

Howard Stringer In The News

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Stringer Knows How To Boost Japan's Economy

BusinessweekJapanese companies need to elevate young people and women and promote risk-taking to boost the nation’s economy, Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer said.

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Sony Execs Give Up Bonuses After $5.8B Loss

Industry WeekSony said on June 5 that seven senior executives, including its new chief, will not receive bonuses tied to its latest annual results, which saw the troubled firm post a record $5.8 billion loss.

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The Struggles Of Sony's Howard Stringer

Financial TimesAs the Japanese group’s quest for a return to Walkman-era glory continues, Sir Howard Stringer’s successor looks set to persist with the departing chief’s cultural and structural shake-up.

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Howard Stringer: Welp, He Tried.

FortuneThe CEO's tenure was marked by regular public embarrassments that look all the worse in retrospect.

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Sony Names Chief Gamer As New CEO...

MashableKazuo Hirai is Sony‘s new CEO and President, replacing Howard Stringer, the company has announced.

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Stringer To Step Down As Sony CEO...

CNNSir Howard Stringer will step down as Sony CEO and president on April 1, the Japanese electronics giant announced Wednesday.

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Sony CEO No Longer President...

MashableSony CEO Sir Howard Stringer has stepped aside as president, and the company will name its current consumer products chief, Kazuo Hirai, to the position, a Japanese news service is reporting. Nikkei business daily reports that Hirai could take...

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Can Stringer's Sony Pull Off TV?

Fast CompanySony's CEO, Howard Stringer, has said his company is going to reinvent the television. It's a dangerous game--and one being played by tech's top firms. Can Sony win?

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Sony's CEO Ready To Take On Steve Jobs

Forbes“I spent the last five years building a platform so I can compete against Steve Jobs. It’s finished, and it’s launching now,” Stringer told the paper, referring to Sony’s strategy of competing on smartphones, PCs, televisions, and tablets.

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Top 11 CEO Apologies

The StreetCorporate leaders are eating a lot of humble pie lately with some noteworthy apologies for blunders in recent weeks.

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Sony CEO: Companies Must Shed Rowboat Mentality

CNETSony CEO Howard Stringer says change is never easy for companies that have successful pasts, including his own company.

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The Ten Biggest CEO Apologies

24/7 Wall St.CEOs are rarely in the business of apologizing, but every so often we get one of these gems . . .

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Sony CEO's Pay Package Cut By 15%

New York TimesThe Sony Corporation, reeling from Japan’s biggest earthquake and a huge data breach, cut the pay of its chairman, Howard Stringer, and his probable successor.

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Sony CEO Stringer Asked To Step Down?

joystiqDuring a Q&A session at Sony's annual shareholder meeting last night, an investor asked CEO Howard Stringer why he was still there.

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Sony Chief Stringer Blindsided by Hackers

BloombergSony, besieged by hackers since April, considered its PlayStation Network an unlikely target even after threats by the online collective Anonymous and three separate security incidents in 2008.

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Sony’s Stringer Calls Hacker Attack ‘Hiccup’

Bloomberghe hacker attack that crippled Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity entertainment services was “a hiccup” in the company’s online strategy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard Stringer said.

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Sony's Chief Warns on Security Risks

WSJ.comDespite spending weeks to resolve a massive Internet security breach, Sony Corp. Chief Executive Howard Stringer said he can't guarantee the security of its videogame network or any other Web system in the "bad new world" of cyber crime. Read...

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Sony CEO Apologizes To Gamers

Yahoo NewsSony CEO Howard Stringer apologized to users of its PlayStation Network and other online services, breaking his silence on the biggest Internet security break-in ever.

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Why is Sony's CEO Remaining Silent?

CNETWe've asked a lot of questions about the Sony security breach, some of which Sony has been able to answer. But here's a big so far unanswered one: where has Howard Stringer been?

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Sony CEO Under Fire After Second Security Breach

MoneySony CEO Howard Stringer faced harsh criticism of his leadership after the consumer electronics conglomerate revealed hackers may have stolen the data of another 25 million accounts in a second massive security breach.

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Sony CEO Slips: Reveals Apple iPhone Deal

MashableSir Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony, accidentally told everyone in the world that his company will be supplying image sensors for Apple‘s iPhone 5.

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