Nordberg to step down as Sony Mobile president and CEO


Kunimasa Suzuki to replace Bert Nordberg from May 16, who will become chairman of the handset manufacturer’s board

Sony Mobile Communications has named Kunimasa Suzuki as its new president and CEO. Suzuki will take over from Bert Nordberg (pictured) on May 16, who will become chairman of the company’s board.

Sony corporate executive officer and executive vice president Suzuki, who will continue to assume these roles when he takes over from Nordberg, will oversee the planning and design of all Sony’s consumer products and services.

The company said his responsibility includes overseeing the mobile business that it has identified as one of its core electronics business areas, including smartphones, tablets and PCs.

Sony Corporation president and CEO Kazuo Hirai said: “Kuni has a vast experience in product planning and management in the information technology and mobile product business, as well as experience of cultivating business in emerging markets.

“He is a strong leader and the right person to oversee Sony Mobile Communications as we establish a new business structure as ‘One Sony’, intended to reinforce and accelerate our overall business management.”

“Bert Nordberg has done an outstanding job in transforming Sony Ericsson, now Sony Mobile Communications, from a feature phone to a smartphone company.

Suzuki said: “Sony has identified digital imaging, gaming and mobile as the three core pillars of its electronics business, and smartphones are a cornrstone of this strategy.

“I look forward to working more closely with our global operator customers and everyone at Sony Mobile Communications to drive the company’s business and bring outstanding connected entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.”