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Sir Howard Stringer          

President, Chairman & CEO of Sony Corporation

Leadership. It’s the key to success no matter what your field or industry. It navigates your company through the uncertainty of today’s ever-changing corporate waters and it empowers your workforce to be innovative and decisive. It is also the key factor behind Sir Howard Stringer’s remarkable success in the fast-paced world of technology and communications.

As President, Chariman and CEO of Sony Corporation, Stringer is one of the most powerful and respected executives in the communications industry. In addition, he also serves as the corporate head of Sony’s Entertainment Business Group. Stringer has proven to be an innovative leader at Sony, heading the company’s high profile expansion into digital broadcasting, the Internet and computer technology. He coordinates Sony divisions as they develop technology and software for interactive digital TV. Stringer is the bridge between Wall Street and the change-a-minute world of merging technologies. He is also a Board member of Sony Ericsson, a joint venture of Sony Corporation and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, which is a global provider of mobile multimedia devices, including feature-rich phones and accessories and PC cards.

He began his career at CBS in the 1970s as producer, director and writer of several ground-breaking CBS News specials, and later as executive producer of the award-winning CBS Reports. Stringer’s work during this time earned him nine individual Emmy Awards. By 1981 he was Executive Producer of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and by 1984, Executive Vice President of CBS News. In 1986 he was named President of CBS News. During his two year term, CBS News developed 48 Hours and CBS This Morning. In August 1988 he was named President, CBS Broadcast Group, responsible for all the broadcast activities of CBS, Inc.

Serving as president of CBS Broadcast Group from 1988 to 1995, he orchestrated the miraculous turnaround of the network from last place to first. His leadership was credited with dramatically strengthening all broadcast divisions of CBS, including one of the greatest coups in television history when he successfully convinced David Letterman to bring his late night show to CBS. Following his celebrated tenure at CBS, he was recruited by telephone giants Bell Atlantic, NYNEX and Pacific Telesis to head up Tele-TV, the bold start-up venture that sought to deliver interactive programming via the world’s telephone networks.

Praised for his charisma, humor and eloquence, Stringer is a rare and exceptional presence at the lecture podium. He addresses the extraordinary challenges facing business in the digital age, from the evolving landscape of the global marketplace to the nuts-and-bolts of managed competition and corporate re-engineering.

Howard Stringer is a native of Cardiff, Wales who came to America amidst the turmoil of the 1960s. A man of remarkable character, he served two years in Vietnam although he was not yet an American citizen. His service earned him the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement (1965-67). Sir Howard received the title of Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours list of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on December 31, 1999.

Stringer is the recipient of numerous media and philanthropic awards including: The Visionary Award for Innovative Leadership in Media & Entertainment from The Paley Center for Media; Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award from UJA-Federation of New York; 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 1996.

Stringer holds a B.A. and an M.A. in modern history from Oxford University. He is a recipient of the William R. Hopkins Medal from the St. David’s Society of the State of New York, and is vice-chairman of the American Film Institute. He became a U.S. citizen in 1985 and is married to Dr. Jennifer A.K. Patterson. They have two children, David Ridley and Harriet Kinmond.

Speech Topics

Emerging Markets Technologies & Content: What It Means For Business & Our Future

The Digital Revolution And its Impact On News Culture & Business

Big Bang Theory: How The Collision Of Entertainment & Technology Is Reshaping Our Tomorrows


British Consulate General New York celebrates the career of Sir Howard Stringer
Consul General Danny Lopez and the Welsh Government welcomed a host of media and business contacts to his residence on 17 September 2013.
Sony's Sir Howard Stringer to step down in June
Sony's former CEO and current chairman of the board Sir Howard Stringer will retire from the company in June.

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