24 Apr '11, 1am

Ex-Sony chief, \"father of the CD\", dies

Ex-Sony chief, \"father of the CD\", dies

TOKYO: Former Sony president Norio Ohga, who helped transform the music industry with the development of the compact disc format, has died at the age of 81, the company said. The music school graduate served as president from 1982 to 1995 and led the electronics manufacturer to become an entertainment empire with a portfolio encompassing music, movies and computer games. He died on Saturday of multiple organ failure, Sony said. "By redefining Sony as a company encompassing both hardware and software, Ohga-san succeeded where other Japanese companies failed," said Sir Howard Stringer, current Sony chairman, chief executive and president. "It is no exaggeration to attribute Sony's evolution beyond audio and video products into music, movies and game, and subsequent transformation into a global entertainment leader to Ohga-san's foresight and vision." Along with development o...

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