A quick note about Sony’s new CEO from Sony’s Next President Announces Future Plans from Tech-On:
First, Hirai pointed out that the current electronics industry is suffering from commoditization and price drops and Sony is no exception. He said that, to survive this severe competition, he will have a strong heart and a sense of responsibility to lead the company and establish a “one-management” system that allows him to quickly make judgments on various issues.”
I guess one management system could be very important in a company as vast as Sony. Otherwise, here are the new CEO’s top priorities:
As important measures that Hirai will take as a CEO, he mentioned (1) reinforcement of Sony’s core business, (2) rebuilding of its TV business, (3) reformation of its business portfolio and (4) acceleration of innovation.
Focus on the core business means become number one in digital imaging and grow in mobile phones. In TV Sony wants to move away from the difficult LCD market (See the Economist for some background) to hopefully higher margin OLED and Crystal LED TV. The thought about OLED is interesting in that Sony just quit consumer OLED TV market (See Engadget). Acceleration of innovation seems to mean focus on medical markets!
We should see how this turns out.