Morita to head SPE Japan

Exec to help integrate hardware, software

Masao Morita, the son of Sony co-founder Akio Morita, has taken the helm at Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, replacing the outgoing CEO Ken Munakata.

Morita’s title at SPEJ is representative director. He is also chairman and representative director of Sony Music Entertainment Japan, and will hold both posts concurrently.

Exec will be charged with helping to execute Sony topper Howard Stringer’s plan to integrate more closely the hardware and software sides of Sony’s biz.

Morita joined Sony in 1981. He later became head of the home audio business department and in 2003 was appointed chairman and representative director of Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Since 2004, he has also been senior veep in charge of Sony’s brand and creative center.

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