Kenichiro Yoshida
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Japan
2019

Sony Corporation

Kenichiro
Yoshida

President / CEO

A Sony lifer who rose through the ranks, Yoshida was running Sony’s So-net Internet services unit in November 2013 when then-president and CEO Kaz Hirai tapped him for top management. Working with Hirai as CFO, Yoshida slashed jobs, sold or spun off money-losing units and brought the company back to record profits, due in part to its bestselling PlayStation 4 video game console. Since taking over from Hirai in April 2018, Yoshida has unveiled a three-year plan focused on entertainment, electronics and financial services — the company’s three core businesses. He has also resisted calls by activist investor Daniel Loeb of the Third Point hedge fund to sell off Sony businesses, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, saying that SPE is central to Sony’s strategy going forward.

Career

  • Sony Corporation

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Sony's Incoming CEO Kenichiro Yoshida Says Change Is 'Urgent'

Sony's Incoming CEO Kenichiro Yoshida Says Change Is 'Urgent'

Kenichiro Yoshida, named to succeed Kaz Hirai as the next CEO of Sony Corp., said Friday that change remains an urgent priority at the Japanese electronics-to-entertainment conglomerate.“I returned to Sony four years ago, after 14 years at So Net,” Yoshida said at a briefing in Tokyo following publication of the group’s third-quarter financial results. “I was impressed by Hirai’s no-nonsense approach to dealing with problems. Nevertheless, Sony has not been able to surpass itself for many years.”Yoshida added: “I share with...

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