Norio Ohga Former Sony President and Chairman Passes Away

On Saturday, April 23rd former Sony president and chairman Norio Ohga passes away at the age of 81 of multiple organ failure. A former opera singer Ohga joined Sony during the 1950’s and under his leadership the company made its move into the realm of movies and video games, and spearheaded the development of the modern compact disc.  He was also oversaw Sony’s move into the arena of video games and the release of the first PlayStation system.

 

“It is no exaggeration to attribute Sony’s evolution beyond audio and video products into music, movies and games, and subsequent transformation into a global entertainment leader to Ohga-san’s foresight and vision,” commented Howard Stinger, chairman, president and CEO of Sony since 2005.

 

A true music lover, upon retiring from Sony Ohga donated a large sum of his fortune into the construction of a concert hall in Karuizawa which was named Karuizawa Ohga Hall in 2005.

 

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