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Akio Morita

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Akio MORITA, business executive. Award for Int; Medal, Royal Society Institute Council, Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Japanese businessman and co-founder of Sony Corporation along with Masaru Ibuka.

Background

MORITA, Akio was born on January 26, 1921 in Nagoya. Son of S. Kyuzaemon and Shuko (Toda) Morita.

Education

Osaka Imperial University.

Career

Executive Manager Director 1958-1959, Executive Vice-President 1959-1971, President 1971, President, and Chief Executive Officer 1971-1976, Chair, of Board and Chief Executive Officer since 1976. President SONY Corporation, America 1960-1966, Chair, of Board 1966-1974, President 1968-1971, Chair, of Finance Committee 1977-1981. Chairman Executive Committee SONY Corporation of America 1974-1977, since 1981.

Director IBM World Trade Americas/Far East Corporation 1972-1977. Director Pan American World Airways Inc. 1980; Chairman Committee on Institute Investment and Technology Change (IITEC), Keidanren (Federation Economics Organizations) since 1981.

Works

  • Gakureki Muyouron 1966, Shin Zitsuryoku Shugi (with Shintano Ishikara 1969, Made in Japan 1986, The Japan that can Say No 1989.

Views

Quotations: Move forward and do what you think is best. If you make a mistake, you’ll learn something. But don’t make the same mistake twice.

You can be totally rational with a machine. But if you work with people, sometimes logic often has to take a backseat to understanding.

Membership

Institute Council, Morgan Guaranty Trust Company.

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (honorary)

  • The Keidanren (Japan Federation Economic Organizations) vice chairman 1986-92/

    1986 - 1992

Interests

  • Sport & Clubs

    Tennis

  • Other Interests

    Business, physics, science.

    Author of books:

    Made in Japan: Akio Morita and Sony (1986, memoir)

Connections

father:
S. Kyuzaemon

mother:
Shuko (Toda) Morita

spouse:
Yoshiko Kamei