Howard Stringer
Sir Howard Stringer is a Welsh
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-born American businessman and the chairman, president
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 and CEO of Sony Corporation
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Personal life

Stringer was born in Cardiff, Wales, the son of Marjorie Mary (née Pook), a Welsh schoolteacher, and Harry Stringer, an English sergeant in the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
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. He emigrated to the United States
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 in 1965, and drafted
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 into United States Army
United States Army
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 during the Vietnam War
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. Stringer became a naturalized citizen in 1985 and now holds dual US-UK citizenship. His younger brother, Rob Stringer
Rob Stringer
Rob Stringer is Chairman of the Columbia Records, which is part of Sony Music Entertainment.He is the younger brother of Sir Howard Stringer, who is Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation.-References:...

, is chairman of Sony Music Label Group. In 1978, Stringer married Jennifer A. Kinmond Patterson. They have two children.

Stringer attended Oundle School
Oundle School
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 in Northamptonshire
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 and received a Master of Arts from the University of Oxford
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 in Modern History
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. He was knighted
Knight Bachelor
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 by Queen Elizabeth II on December 31, 1999.


Stringer had a 30-year career at CBS
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, where he was a journalist, producer and senior executive. He served as president of CBS from 1988 to 1995, where he was responsible for all the broadcast activities of its entertainment, news, sports, radio and television stations.

Highlights of his career at CBS

  • Executive producer of "CBS Reports" (1976–1981)
  • Executive producer of "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" (1981–1984)
  • President of CBS News (1986–1988)
  • President of CBS, Inc. (1988–1995)
  • He won nine Emmys at CBS for the following programs: "The Rockefellers", "The Palestinians", "A Tale Of Two Irelands", "The Defense Of The United States", "The Boat People", "The Boston Goes To China", "The Fire Next Door", and "The CIA's Secret Army".


Sir Howard Stringer left CBS in 1995 to set up TELE-TV
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, a media and technology company formed by US telecoms Bell Atlantic, NYNEX, Pacific Telesis, and Creative Artists Agency in February 1995. He left two years later to join Sony.


Stringer began work at Sony in May 1997 as president of its US operational unit (Sony Corporation of America
Sony Corporation of America
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). He was made a Sony group executive officer in May 1998.

Since June 2005, he has been chairman and CEO of Sony overseeing the entire businesses of Sony, including its media and electronics subsidiaries such as the Sony Computer Entertainment
Sony Computer Entertainment
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, Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment
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, Sony Electronics
Sony Electronics
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, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment
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 and Sony Financial Holdings
Sony Financial Holdings
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. On April 1, 2009, he became president of Sony Corporation and ousted Ryoji Chubachi
Ryōji Chūbachi
is the vice chairman of Sony Corporation. He joined the company in 1977, later replacing Kunitake Andō to become president of the firm March 7, 2005. He was replaced as president by Howard Stringer on April 1, 2009.-External links:*...

 in what was seen as prelude to broader corporate restructuring. Stringer also serves as executive chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Corporation of America. He has been president of Sony Broadband Entertainment Corporation since March 2000.

Stringer previously was head of the Sony Corporation of America
Sony Corporation of America
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 and was promoted to the company's top position as the corporation overall was having trouble with losses and was facing increasing competition from rivals like Samsung
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, Sharp
Sharp Corporation
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, Apple Inc. and Panasonic
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. With his experience primarily in the media industry, Stringer was responsible for the media business of Sony in the U.S. by overseeing the release of the Spider-Man
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 movie series, among others.

In his capacity as CEO of Sony, Stringer principally resides in Tokyo
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, though he frequently visits USA New York City
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 and China Bejingand Hong Kong
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 and Los Angeles
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 for E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Las Vegas
Las Vegas
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 for CES
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 and UKEngland
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Awards and honours

  • He received the U.S. Army Commendation Medal
    Commendation Medal
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     for meritorious achievement while serving in the Republic of Vietnam.
  • He earned nine Emmys from 1974 to 1976 as a writer, director and producer.
  • In 1996, he was awarded the First Amendment Leadership Award by the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation.
  • In 1996, he was also inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
  • In May 1999, he received the UJA-Federation of New York's Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award.
  • In November 1999, he was inducted into the Royal Television Society's Welsh Hall of Fame.
  • On December 31, 1999 he received the title of Knight Bachelor
    Knight Bachelor
    The rank of Knight Bachelor is a part of the British honours system. It is the most basic rank of a man who has been knighted by the monarch but not as a member of one of the organised Orders of Chivalry...

     from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • In February 2007, the Museum of Television and Radio awarded him with its Visionary Award for Innovative Leadership in Media and Entertainment.
  • He has been honored by Lincoln Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The New York Hall of Science and The American Theatre Wing.
  • He received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Glamorgan
    University of Glamorgan
    The University of Glamorgan is a university based in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales with campuses in Treforest, Glyntaff, Merthyr Tydfil, Tyn y Wern and Cardiff...

     in Wales and University of the Arts London.
  • In 2000, he received an honorary fellowship from Merton College, Oxford
    Merton College, Oxford
    Merton College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. Its foundation can be traced back to the 1260s when Walter de Merton, chancellor to Henry III and later to Edward I, first drew up statutes for an independent academic community and established endowments to...

  • In 2001, he received an honorary fellowship from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
    Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
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