Mr. Hibi to undertake Indian operations with effect from July 1, 2012
June 20, 2012, New Delhi: Sony India announces the appointment of Mr. Kenichiro Hibi as its new Managing Director, overseeing Sony’s operations in the region with effect from July 1, 2012. Mr. Hibi will be responsible for spearheading the overall growth and profitability of the company within the region, by driving robust business strategy, providing thought leadership and guiding excellence in market performance across all categories.
Mr. Hibi brings with him over 23 years of diversified experience in Sony, with a host of senior level positions to his credit. His last role was as Managing Director, Sony CIS, where Mr. Hibi played a crucial role in making this region emerge as one of the most potential contributors in Sony’s global growth map. While managing the CIS region for over six years, he was successful in developing a sound business strategy, which adjusted to market turbulence while maintaining focus on customer orientation.
Mr. Hibi will be replacing Mr. Masaru Tamagawa, the current Managing Director, Sony India, who will move on to the position of President, Sony Europe, with effect from July 1, 2012.
Announcing the new appointment of Mr. Hibi, Mr. Haruyasu Nagata, SVP in charge of Global Sales and Marketing, Sony Corporation, said, “I am delighted to appoint Mr. Kenichiro Hibi as the new Managing Director for Sony India. He has already successfully contributed to Sony’s growth in the rapidly evolving Russia market, and we are confident that his experience and expertise will take our Indian operations to the next level. Mr. Tamagawa made an exceptional contribution in making Sony India a top ranking sales company contributing significantly to Sony’s global sales, and I am confident that Mr. Hibi will build on this momentum by augmenting our overall market share and the customer experience we deliver in this rapidly growing market.”
Expressing his delight on the appointment, Mr. Kenichiro Hibi said, “India is one of the key markets for Sony globally, with an immense growth potential across categories. I am excited to continue Sony’s journey to success in one of the most dynamic markets in the world.”
Mr. Masaru Tamagawa has been Managing Director, Sony India since 2007 and has overseen the emergence of Sony India as a major organisation and growth market, holding the top share of the electronics market in India. He previously led Sony Gulf, based in Dubai.