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January 28, 2003

Chairman of the Board Norio Ohga Retires as Director of Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation announces the retirement of Norio Ohga as Chairman of the Board and Director of Sony Corporation, effective January 29, 2003. Mr. Ohga today informed the Board of Directors of his intention to retire from the position of Director and this was formally accepted.

Mr. Ohga will assume the position of Honorary Chairman of Sony Corporation effective January 30, 2003.

In accordance with the regulations for Sony's Board of Directors, Nobuyuki Idei will act as Chairman/CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sony Corporation from January 30 until the General Meeting of Shareholders to be held in June of this year.


Norio Ohga Developments at Sony
1930 Born in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan (Jan. 29)
1953 Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
Becomes Consultant and Advisor to Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K.K. (present Sony)
Enters Hochschule fur Musik in Munich (October)
1955 Transfers to Berlin University of the Arts
1957 Graduates from Berlin University of the Arts Sony markets world's smallest transistor radio, TR-63 (March)
1959 Enters Sony (September)
1964 Director, Sony Corp. Manager, Product Planning Division
1968 Senior Managing Director, CBS/Sony Records (March) CBS/Sony Records (Joint venture between CBS and Sony) established
1970 President and Representative Director CBS/Sony Records (April) Sony shares listed on the NYSE (September)
1972 Managing Director, Sony Corp. (June)
1974 Senior Managing Director, Sony Corp. Color TV assembly plant established at Bridgend, Wales, UK
1976 Executive Deputy President, Sony Corp. Akio Morita becomes Chairman and Kazuo Iwama President of Sony Corp.
1976 President, Sony Shoji Corp. (January)
1982 President and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Corp. (Sept.) Sony markets "CDP-101"CD Player (October)
Sony markets 8mm camcorder, CCD-V8 (Jan)
Sony Europe GMBH established in Germany (November)
1988 Chairman, Sony USA Inc. (March) Receives Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon Sony acquires CBS Records (January)
1989 Vice Chairman, Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Feb) Sony markets compact 8mm camcorder, CCD-TR55 (June)
President and CEO, Sony Corp. (June) Sony acquires Columbia Pictures (November)
Sony markets MiniDisc (MD) system (November)
Sony Computer Entertainment etablished (November)
1994 Receives Commander's Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Business Unit system abolished, Company system introduced (Apr)
1995 Chairman and CEO, Sony Corp. Nobuyuki Idei appointed as next President of Sony Corp.
Chairman, Electronic Industries Association of Japan (May)
1996 Officier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur, France (Dec.) Sony 50th anniversary (May)
Corporate Executive Officer system introduced (June)
1998 Vice Chairman, Keidanren (Japan Federation of Economic Organizations) Nobuyuki Idei becomes Co-CEO (May)
1999 President, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (April) Nobuyuki Idei becomes CEO (June)
Akio Morita dies (October)
2000 Chairman of the Board, Sony Corp. June) Nobuyuki Idei appointed next Chairman/CEO of Sony Corp. (Apr)
Kunitake Ando appointed as President and COO of Sony Corp.