London — Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications reported that Miles Flint has decided to step down from his position as president of Sony Ericsson to be replaced by long-time Sony executive Hideki “Dick” Komiyama on Nov. 1.
Komiyama is chairman of Sony Electronics USA, and electronics marketing and sales strategies executive VP of Sony Corp., Japan. Flint will remain as executive advisor to Komiyama until the end of December, and Komiyama will be based at Sony Ericsson’s offices in London.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Flint said, “After nearly 17 years in Sony and Sony Ericsson, I wish to develop new personal and business opportunities and intend to take a short career break before deciding on my next steps.”
Flint joined Sony Ericsson from Sony Europe in June 2004.
Sir Howard Stringer, chairman and CEO of Sony Corp., and a member Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications’ board, said, “We will miss Miles Flint enormously, but fully respect his wish to change direction. Under his leadership Sony Ericsson has doubled sales and volume, as well as more than doubling the company’s profitability, whilst also gaining global market share. Today Sony Ericsson’s position as a leading player in the global mobile handset industry is unquestioned.”
“I am delighted that Dick Komiyama, an esteemed colleague and international executive who has worked shoulder to shoulder with me at Sony Electronics in the USA and Sony in Japan, will carry on the vision of Katsumi Ihara, Sony Ericsson’s first president, and of Miles Flint. With longstanding experience in the areas of consumer electronics marketing and business-to-business sales, Dick has accepted the challenge to lead Sony Ericsson in the next phase of its growth and development, ” he added.