Komiyama to leave Sony Ericsson


Sony Ericsson global president Dick Komiyama has announced he is to retire from the handset manufacturer at the end of this year. Bert Nordberg (pictured), currently executive vice president of the Ericsson Group and Head of Ericsson Silicon Valley, has been named as Komiyama’s successor.


Nordberg will work closely with Komiyama and the company’s senior management team during the transition period beginning September 1. Nordberg, who will be based at Sony Ericsson’s global headquarters in London, will assume the role of president of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, on October 15.


In addition, Sir Howard Stringer, who is chairman, chief executive and president of the Sony Corporation, and a member of the board of Sony Ericsson, will become chairman of the board of Sony Ericsson on October 15. He will succeed Carl-Henric Svanberg, who is current president and chief executive of Ericsson.


Said Komiyama: “The Sony Ericsson transformation programme I began over a year ago is more than half way completed, and I am pleased with what we have achieved so far. I believe it is the right time for me to begin transferring the leadership of the company to a person who is able to complete the transformation programme and lead Sony Ericsson through its next phase of development. I will continue to be involved with Sony Ericsson’s business until the end of the year and look forward to working closely with Bert to ensure a smooth handover.”


Svanberg added: “In the two years he has been at Sony Ericsson Dick Komiyama has made some very important changes to their organisation and laid the foundation for the company’s turn-around. Although we are sorry to see him leave Sony Ericsson, we fully respect his decision.


“Bert Nordberg has a strong track-record in the area of business realignment. I am confident he will be able to build upon the foundation Dick has created and lead the final stages of Sony Ericsson’s transformation. Bert also brings a wealth of experience in telecommunications network infrastructure and in sales, where he has been a key driver of Ericsson’s overall growth.”


Said Nordberg: “I am very pleased to be joining Sony Ericsson. With the growing importance of open source platforms, applications and content in the mobile handset industry, I believe the experiences I have gained in Silicon Valley will be very relevant to Sony Ericsson’s business going forward.”