TOKYO — Sony announced the nominees for its board of directors, including five new faces, on Tuesday. One is former U.S. ambassador to Japan John Roos, a veteran Silicon Valley lawyer with an enormous array of contacts who may help Sony strengthen ties, including M&As, with U.S. tech firms. Among other new board selections are former Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kazuo Matsunaga, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group prexy Koichi Miyata, Dow Corning Toray chairman and CEO Eriko Sakurai and Sony EVP and CFO Kenichiro Yoshida.
This shakeup comes as Sony prepares to report an expected $1.27 billion net loss on Wednesday, its fourth in five years. In reaction Sony prexy Kazuo Hirai and other top execs will not take their bonuses for the year, resulting in an effective 50 percent annual pay cut, according to the “Wall Street Journal.”
There will be three company and nine outside directors on the new board, a drop of one member from the current crop. The selections will be approved at the Sony general shareholders meeting on June 19.