Sony Pictures Chairman & CEO Michael Lynton is expected to become CEO of Sony Corporation of America, as part of current Chairman/CEO/President Sir Howard Stringer's hand-off of his responsibilities on April 1. As previously reported, Stringer's CEO and president duties will pass to Kazuo Hirai.
Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing fall under Sony Corporation of America, which means that SME CEO Doug Morris and Sony/ATV chairman Martin Bandier - the latter of whom signed a long-term contract extension earlier this week -- will likely report to Lynton, who will continue to oversee the film business and add the company's television operations.
The Sony management shuffle, first reported today by the New York Post with additional detail coming to light from the Financial Times, is also expected to see Nicole Seligman, currently the company's general counsel, becoming president of SCA.
As part of the restructuring, SCA executive VP and CFO Rob Wiesenthal, who put together the consortium and engineered the winning bid to buy EMI Music Publishing In a deal awaiting regulatory approval, is expected to take an operational role in music publishing.
While further details about the overall Sony Corporation management shuffle have emerged, sources insist to Billboard.biz that the changes are still a work in progress, with the final structure still being hammered out.
But when the Hirai appointment was announced on February 1, the company also said that Stringer would continue as chairman of Sony Corporation until his ascension to the board chairmanship, which will become effective upon the board's approval following the annual meeting of shareholders in June. At that time, current board chairman Yotaro Kobayashi will retire that position but is expected to remain a board member.
Reps for Sony declined Billboard.biz requests for comment.