No replacement name for Ann Morfogen

Ann Morfogen, longtime head of PR for Sony Corp. of America, is retiring at the end of the year after 40 years in the media biz.

Morfogen will work with Sony as a consultant starting in January. Sony CEO Howard Stringer said Morfogen plans to travel, study and “seek new challenges.”

Morfogen began her career as a copy clerk in the CBS newsroom in 1970, working her way up to the top corporate PR post in 1988 and eventually reporting directly to Stringer. She left the Eye in 1994 to join Sony and was later reunited with Stringer, who came to Sony in 1997 after overseeing the failed Tele-TV venture.

Morfogen’s retirement is not a precursor to Stringer stepping down himself, according to a source, though Sony said recently that it’s looking to hire a president who might one day succeed Stringer.

No replacement was named for Morfogen. Sandy Genelius, also a CBS alum, and Mack Araki will handle media relations duties.

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