SAN DIEGO — Sony has named Phil Molyneux, a 23- year veteran of Sony’s European electronics operation, as the new U.S. president and COO of Sony Electronics (SEL), effective Sept. 1.
Molyneux replaces Stan Glasgow, who will take on the newly created role of Sony Corporate America innovation and entrepreneurship group senior advisor.
Molyneux will relocate to San Diego, reporting to Kiyoshi Shikano, Sony Corp. global sales and marketing officer, and to Tokyo headquarters senior executives for nonsales and marketing activities.
He has steered the company’s Central and South East European Electronics (SCSE) operations to market share successes within a highly diverse population base since 2007. In the U.S., Molyneux will be responsible for consumer and professional devices, networked products and the services groups.
The executive had overseen similar businesses for SCSE in 20 countries, and helped the operation emerge as “a leading innovator of best marketing, sales and operational practices” within Sony, on the way to becoming a top 10 revenue contributor to the global electronics business.
Sir Howard Stringer, Sony Corp. chairman/CEO, said of Molyneux: “He knows how to lead, to win, and I am very pleased that he will bring his considerable, proven skills to SEL, and also further our mission to expand our global management team.”
Molyneux is credited with creating a new business model for SCEC’s consumer and professional products to engage the region’s diverse consumer population and increase operational efficiency to drive business. He joined Sony in 1987 as a sales engineer to develop untapped business for the semiconductor and component unit in the U.K. Over the next 10 years, in both sales and marketing positions, he expanded that business across Europe and led Sony to the No. 1 market share position in several related areas.
From 1997 to 2007, while based in the U.K., his responsibilities had been expanded to include manufacturing, systems and related software, core technology and retail peripheral products.
In his new role, Glasgow will also hold the title of chairman of Sony Electronics and will report directly to Stringer.
Glasgow was named president and CEO of Sony’s Electronics in the U.S. in March 2006 — the first American to hold the position in nearly 10 years.
He will be assigned with developing strategies and business plans for potential growth areas that can benefit from Sony’s specialized competencies, technologies and knowledge, the company said.