Monday, March 07, 2005

Howard Stringer named Chairman of Sony.
Sony Corp. on Monday appointed as chairman Howard Stringer, an executive who oversees its entertainment business - the first time a foreigner heads a major Japanese electronics maker and a ground-breaking move that symbolizes Sony's determination to make change... [AP]
As far as I know, this is the first time an American has taken over a top Japanese firm.

I mention this in part because I'm old enough to remember when everyone was saying Japanese companies like Sony were soon going to be aking over America -- and also because I did jury duty with Howard a few years back.

He seemed a nice, unpretentious guy -- not a bit of "I'm one of the most important executives in America" about him. I don't think most of the others in the jury pool ever had any idea who he was.

Here's a recent interview with him about what he's been doing at Sony. And it turns out that he's a fan of blogging on top of it all.