SVP Stories October 30, 2014

Sony SVP Hiroki Totoki to take over mobile division as smartphone sales decline

Sony Corporation announced on Thursday that it will appoint senior vice president Hiroki Totoki as the new president of its Sony Mobile division on November 16th. Totoki, who currently serves as corporate planning director at the Japanese company, will replace outgoing Sony executive Kunimasa Suzuki to run the smartphone business.

The corporate mixup is largely unsurprising given that Sony has been faced with declining Xperia smartphone sales due to tough competition from rivals Apple, Samsung, LG and others. The company has been forecasted to once again report slowing smartphone sales when it announces its latest quarterly earnings results on Friday.

As of November 16, 2014 Kunimasa Suzuki (New) Group Executive, Sony Corporation Executive Vice President, Sony Entertainment Inc. (Current) Corporate Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, Officer in charge of Mobile Business, Sony Corporation President & CEO, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.

Hiroki Totoki (New) Group Executive, Sony Corporation President & CEO, Sony Mobile Communications Inc. (Current) Corporate Executive, Senior Vice President, In charge of Corporate Planning, Finance and New Business Creation Department, Sony Corporation

SVP Stories July 30, 2014

Motorola announces shifts in leadership w/ new heads of product development & marketing

As Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola nears closing, today Motorola shared some updates on changes to its leadership. Announced in its press release is a promotion for Charlie Tritschler to Senior Vice Present of Product Management overseeing product development on all the company’s products. Tritschler joined Motorola in March of 2013 from Amazon’s Kindle team. Motorola notes that “Charlie has been one of the leading forces behind Moto G and Moto E.”

The company also announced it’s adding regional sales heads as three new members of its senior leadership team and also making Adrienne Hayes the SVP of Marketing and Communications of a new marketing and communications team responsible for the company’s brand and advertising worldwide.

These changes ensure that our leadership team accurately reflects our priorities and organization structure, and put us in the best possible position to continue growing our success. Congratulations to all the leaders in new roles, and my thanks to everyone who helped bring us this far.

Missing from Motorola’s new executives page is Bill Morgan who was previously the company’s Senior Vice President of Marketing overseeing the brand, advertising, and communications role that now seems to be filled by Adrienne.

A report earlier this week claimed Google and Motorola are beginning work on a 5.9-inch Nexus device codenamed Shamu as Motorola transitions to its new home at Lenovo.

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