Sir Howard Stringer is a Welsh-born American business executive who became the first non-Japanese CEO (2005-12) of the technology and entertainment corporation, Sony.
In 1965, shortly after receiving a master’s degree in modern history from Merton College, Oxford, Stringer moved to the USA where he found a job answering telephones at CBS for the Ed Sullivan Show.
Six weeks after he started work he was drafted into the US Army to fight in the Vietnam War where he was awarded five medals for his tour of duty.
Having complete his military service in 1967, Sir Howard Stringer returned to CBS where he remained until 1995, working on the CBS News for most of that time, winning nine Emmy awards between 1974-1976 as a writer, director and executive producer as well as two Lifetime Emmys for Electronics and Entertainment. He became President of CBS in 1988 and proceeded to turn the company’s fortune around, particularly with the hiring of late-night talk-show host, David Letterman.
In 1995 Stringer left CBS to become chairman and CEO of TELE-TV, where he remained until 1997 before joining Sony as president of the company’s American subsidiary. He was appointed chairman and CEO in 2005, and in 2009 he became president. As head of Sony Entertainment in America, he greenlit, among many others, three Spider Man films, two Men in Black films, Crouching Tiger, DaVinci Code, Sleepless in Seattle, and acquired the James Bond franchise to include Casino Royale and Skyfall.
In 2012 Stringer stepped down and was elected chairman of the board of directors until he resigned from the company in 2013.
Sir Howard Stringer has also served on the boards of charitable organisations, museums, and art centres. He has also been the recipient of many awards, including several honorary doctorates. He became the recipient of a British knighthood in 1999.
Sir Howard Stringer and his wife Lady Stringer have been long-time supporters of the College, and Sir Howard was honoured with a fellowship in 2001. They have supported a number of successful students through the College’s Scholarship Awards.