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April 28, 2017

Selection of Board Member Candidates

Tokyo, Japan - At the meeting of the Nominating Committee held on April 28, 2017, Sony Corporation named candidates for election to the position of Member of the Board. The selections are subject to the approval at the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 15, 2017.

Members of the Board

The candidates for election to the position of Member of the Board are as follows.

Kazuo Hirai
Representative Corporate Executive Officer, President and CEO
Kenichiro Yoshida
Representative Corporate Executive Officer, Executive Deputy President and CFO
Osamu Nagayama(*)
Representative Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Takaaki Nimura(*)
Certified Public Accountant
Eikoh Harada(*)
Former Chairman, President and CEO, Representative Director,
McDonald's Holdings Company (Japan), Ltd.
Tim Schaaff
Chief Product Officer, Intertrust Technologies Corporation
Independent Startup Advisor
Former President, Sony Network Entertainment International LLC
Kazuo Matsunaga(*)
Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation
Former Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Koichi Miyata(*)
Chairman of the Board, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.
Chairman of the Board, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
John V. Roos(*)
Former United States Ambassador to Japan
Founding Partner, Geodesic Capital
Eriko Sakurai(*)
Chairman and CEO, Representative Director,
Dow Corning Toray Co., Ltd.
Kunihito Minakawa(*)(**)
Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Ricoh Company, Ltd.
(Scheduled to retire on June 16, 2017)
Shuzo Sumi(*)(**) 
Chairman of the Board, Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.
  • (*)An Outside Director who satisfies the requirements under Item 15, Article 2 of the Companies Act of Japan
  • (**)A new candidate for Member of the Board

Member of the Board scheduled to retire

Joichi Ito
Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab
  • *After retiring from his role as Director at Sony Corporation on June 15, 2017, Joichi Ito is expected to assume the role of Strategic Advisor, in which capacity he continue to counsel and exchange ideas with Sony's management team pertaining to advanced technology fields such as IT and AI, new business creation.
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