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Sir Howard Stringer SOC Commencement Speaker

SOC Speaker Sir Howard Stringer

Sir Howard Stringer served as chair and CEO of Sony Corporation from 2005 to 2012, when he became chairman of the board of directors before retiring in June 2013. He joined Sony Corporation of America in 1997 and was named chair and CEO in 1998, responsible for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, and Sony Music Publishing.

Prior to joining Sony, Stringer had a 30-year career as a journalist, producer, and executive at CBS Inc. Under his tenure as president from 1988 to 1995, CBS’s ratings rose from last to first place in one season. He served as president of CBS News from 1986 to 1988. Stringer was executive producer of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, then the top network evening newscast, from 1981 to 1984. From 1976 to 1981, he was executive producer of the network’s documentary unit, CBS REPORTS, during which time it won more than 30 Emmys, including nine individual awards.

Stringer sits on the board of directors of TalkTalk, a telecommunications company in the United Kingdom, and of Time Inc. He chairs the American Film Institute’s board of trustees and is the North American chair of the British Army Benevolent Fund.

Among Stringer’s numerous media and philanthropic awards are the Visionary Award for Innovative Leadership in Media and Entertainment from the Paley Center for Media and the First Amendment Leadership Award from the Radio Television News Directors Foundation. He was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.

A native of Cardiff, Wales, Stringer received the title of Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours list of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in December 1999. He received a BA and MA in modern history from Oxford University and holds several honorary doctorates.