- [ 翻譯這個網頁 ]Norio Ohga (大賀 典雄, Ōga Norio, otherwise spelled Norio Oga, January 29, 1930, Numazu, Shizuoka – April 23, 2011, Tokyo) was an executive at and later the ...
Former Sony Chairman Dies
TOKYO—Former Sony Corp. President and Chairman Norio Ohga, who spearheaded the development of the world's first compact disc and oversaw the conglomerate's evolution from manufacturing consumer electronics into creating music, movies and videogames, died of multiple organ failure on Saturday, the company said. He was 81.
During his 13-year tenure as Sony's president until 1995, Mr. Ohga approved the company's acquisition of Columbia Pictures in 1989, the biggest purchase ever by a Japanese company at the time. He also signed off on the creation of Sony's PlayStation unit in the early 1990s, which has become one of the company's biggest businesses over the last two decades.
"It is no exaggeration to attribute Sony's evolution beyond audio and video products into music, movies and game, and subsequent transformation into a global entertainment leader to Ohga-san's foresight and vision," said Sony Chief Executive Howard Stringer in a statement.
Mr. Ohga first encountered Sony's predecessor, Tokyo TelecommunicationsEngineering Corp., as a student when he complained about a product to the company's management. His insight impressed Sony's founders, Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka, and, in 1953, he became an adviser and consultant to Tokyo Telecommunications, which would later be renamed Sony. Trained as a professional opera singer, Mr. Ohga decided to join Sony full time in 1959.
Music would remain a major theme of his professional life. He was a key executive in the development and running of Sony's music business from its early joint venture with, and then ultimately its acquisition of, CBS Records Inc.
His team at Sony commercialized the world's first compact disc in 1982, pushing for storage capacity to store 75 minutes of music. The establishment of the CD format opened the door for future optical disc standards such as DVDs.
He stepped down as president to become chairman in 1995. He would remain chairman until 2003, and he was a senior adviser at the company for the last five years.
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