Lynton preps to take reins at Sony

SCA names Mark Khalil general counsel

The changing of the guard at Sony Corp. of America continues apace as Michael Lynton prepares to take the reins at the end of June.

SCA has named Mark Khalil general counsel, replacing Nicole Seligman, who will become president of the U.S. arm of the giant Japanese conglom. She also remains general counsel of parent Sony Corp.

And Steven Kober was promoted to chief financial officer of SCA, succeeding Robert Wiesenthal, who was tapped to run Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s international business.

Lynton, who has been chairman-CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, will become chief executive of Sony Corp. of America, a job last filled by Howard Stringer. Stringer had retained the title after he catapulted to the top job at Sony Corp. in 2005. The recent executive moves were triggered when he retired as CEO in April. Stringer was succeeded by Kazuo Hirai, who will devote his time to reviving the ailing electronics giant’s global trouble spots, like slipping TV sales.

The changes are effective June 27, the date of Sony’s annual shareholders meeting in Tokyo.

Kober and Khalil, who have both been with Sony since 1989, will report to Seligman. They will become exec VPs. Kober is currently senior VP of finance; Khalil, senior VP, legal.

“This is an important time of change for Sony, and it’s crucial that the businesses in the U.S. work closely with each other and with Sony’s global operations,” said Kober in a statement. “I will do all I can to contribute to this effort, and I look forward to working with Nicole Seligman as well as Michael Lynton as they transition into their new positions of leadership at SCA.”