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Sony Signs Apple Retail Exec To Run Its Stores

11/11/2009 04:37:50 PM Eastern

San Diego - Sony Electronics has hired Linda
Turner as senior VP of Sony's retail stores.

Turner will be
responsible for the strategic and operational direction for Sony Style stores,
including all aspects of the customer experience.

She will report
directly to Sony Electronics president and COO Stan Glasgow.

Most recently she
was the senior regional director of stores for Apple for seven years. And she
played a critical role in the launch of the company's retail organization, from
Apple's first store to more than 70 locations nationwide.

Prior to Apple, Turner
worked for Williams Sonoma, Barnes and Noble, Ann Taylor and Talbot's.

Turner assumes retail store responsibilities from Dan Stevenson, senior VP of Sony's direct business. Stevenson oversaw the brick-and-mortar operation on an interim basis following the early retirement of consumer retail sales senior VP Dennis Syracuse in June. Stevenson continues to run sonystyle.com and is responsible for expanding the company's e-commerce platform globally.