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Sony of Canada appoints new president and COO

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TORONTO - Sony of Canada Ltd. last week announced that long-time Sony executive Doug Wilson has been appointed president and chief operating officer of the company, effective immediately.

Wilson, 45, will be responsible for Sony's overall performance in the Canadian marketplace, including meeting its fiscal, market share, brand, product and/or services quality and customer satisfaction objectives. He succeeds Hiro Sakai who, after eight years as president and COO of Sony of Canada, is returning to Sony Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.

Wilson brings almost 20 years of experience to the role, mostly with Sony of Canada. Prior to assuming responsibility as president of Sony's Canadian operations, he had served the corporation as president, Sony Logistics America, since mid-2002. He was appointed vice-president, Logistics, for Canada and the Eastern United States in early 2002. He joined Sony of Canada in November 1985 as branch operations manager, consumer group. He began his career in the financial services industry.

"As a Canadian and a returning Sony Canada employee, Doug brings critical understanding and knowledge of the company, its key publics and the marketplace to the position," said Sir Howard Stringer, vice-chairman, Sony Corporation, and Chairman & CEO, Sony of Canada Ltd., in a release. "I know he will make considerable contributions to Sony of Canada, just as he has to the rest of North America over the last few years.

"Doug takes over the helm of an excellent organization, one that is recognized by Sony Corporation as strong and well run - a tribute to the leadership provided over the last eight years by Hiro Sakai," added Stringer. "Hiro took Sony of Canada from annual revenues of $680 million to sales in excess of $1 billion, changing the business model, implementing complex back-office systems and strengthening the company's retail presence in the process. We are greatly indebted to Hiro for his significant contributions to Sony of Canada."

"I am very pleased to be back in Canada, working with our senior management team, employees and business partners to strengthen Sony's leadership position in this marketplace," said Mr. Wilson. "With new products on the horizon that solidify our convergence strategy and epitomize the Sony hallmarks of innovation, style and quality, we are poised for solid revenue, profit and market share growth in Canada in the years to come."

Reporting to Mr. Wilson are:
* Tak Kondo, executive vice-president, marketing, consumer audio visual/information technology group;
* Susan Bean, vice-president, human resources;
* Barry Crystal, vice-president, retail;
* Barry Hasler, senior vice-president, finance, administration & supply chain;
* Paul Kirkpatrick, general manager, logistics;
* Martin Huntington, senior vice-president, sales, consumer audio visual/information technology group;
* Anil Sethi, senior vice-president, broadcast & communication solutions group;
* Tariq Shameem, senior vice-president, systems engineering division/information systems; and
* Diana Zangrilli, general counsel & secretary.
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