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Biography: Sir Howard Stringer

Episode 507
Looking at the Big Picture

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Sir Howard Stringer
Chairman & CEO, Sony Corporation

Howard Stringer has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Corporation since June 2005. He is also a Representative Corporate Executive Officer of Sony Corporation.

Additionally, Mr. Stringer retains his responsibilities as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Corporation of America, as well as corporate head of Sony Corporation's Entertainment Business Group. Mr. Stringer is a member of the Board of Directors of Sony Corporation, and is also a Board member of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (which is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America), one of the largest recorded music companies in the world, and he oversees Sony's other music-related holdings in the U.S. He joined the Company in May 1997.

Prior to joining Sony, Mr. Stringer had a distinguished 30-year career as a journalist, producer and executive at CBS Inc. As President of CBS from 1988 to 1995, he was responsible for all the broadcast activities of the company including entertainment, news, sports, radio and television stations. Under his leadership, the CBS Television Network became the first network to rise from last to first place in one season. In 1993, in what became one of the most chronicled coups in television history, Mr. Stringer convinced David Letterman to bring his critically acclaimed late night show to CBS.

From 1986 to 1988, Mr. Stringer served as President of CBS News, where he developed several new programs including the award-winning 48 Hours, which continues as a primetime hit to this day. Prior to that, during his tenure as executive producer of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather from 1981 to 1984, that program became the dominant network evening newscast of its day. From 1976 to 1981, while Mr. Stringer was executive producer of the CBS Reports documentary unit, it won virtually every major honor, including 31 Emmys, four Peabody Awards, three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Christopher Awards, three Overseas Press Club Awards, an ABA Silver Gavel and a Robert F. Kennedy Grand Prize. Among his award-winning programs are The Rockefellers, The Palestinians, A Tale of Two Irelands, The Defense of the United States, The Boat People, The Boston Goes to China, The Firest Next Door, and The CIA's Secret Army. Mr. Stringer earned nine individual Emmys as a writer, director and producer from 1974 to 1976.

After leaving CBS Inc., Mr. Stringer was Chairman and CEO of TELE-TV, the media and technology company formed by Bell Atlantic, NYNEX and Pacific Telesis, three of the largest telephone companies in the United States, from February 1995 to April 1997.

Mr. Stringer is the recipient of numerous media and philanthropic awards. Phoenix House, the nation’s leading non-profit substance abuse services organization, presented him with its Public Service Award in April 2002. He has also been honored by Literacy Partners, Teach for America, and the New York Hall of Science. The Center for Communication presented Mr. Stringer with its highest award in November 2000. In May 1999, he was honored with the UJA-Federation of New York's Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award and in November 1999, he was inducted into the Royal Television Society's Welsh Hall of Fame. In 1996 he was awarded the First Amendment Leadership Award by the Radio & Television News Directors Foundation in Washington, D.C., and was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. In 1994, Mr. Stringer received the International Radio and Television Society's Foundation Award, and was honored for his "uncommon vision" in the media industry by the American Museum of the Moving Image.

Mr. Stringer serves as Chairman of the American Film Institute Board of Trustees and is on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Television and Radio. He is a board member of InterContinental Hotels Group, The New York/Presbyterian Hospital, The American Theatre Wing, the American Friends of the British Museum, and the Corporate Leadership Committee of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He has honorary Fellowships from Merton College, Oxford, and the Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2003, Mr. Stringer received an Honorary Doctorate from the London Institute.

A native of Cardiff, Wales, Sir Howard received the title of Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours list of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on December 31, 1999. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in modern history from Oxford University. He is a recipient of the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement for service in Vietnam (1965-67). He became a U.S. citizen in 1985 and is married to Dr. Jennifer A.K. Patterson, a dermatologist. They have two children, David Ridley and Harriet Kinmond.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its music, motion pictures, computer entertainment operations, and online businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $64 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, and it employs 158,500 people worldwide. — April 2006.

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