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"I'm a (Sony) Traveling Man"

by Team Sony 05/23/2008

With all the traveling I’ve been doing lately and what I know is to come in the months ahead, I can’t seem to get an old hit song popularized decades ago by Ricky Nelson out of my head.

This week it was Tokyo; last week Hawaii; the week before that ’twas Palm Desert, Calif. Coming up in June and early July will be a nationwide tour by yours truly to 40 (or more) Sony Style stores in 40 days. (Stay tuned for a lot more to come on this in future posts.)

The main reason for this week’s visit to Japan was the global Sony management conference. It’s an internal company meeting held annually and attended by senior managers from around the world. Usually, there isn’t much to say about it externally. This year, however, an eager Wall Street Journal reporter who covers Sony and other corporations based in Japan, tracked down a source or two, filing this story on the front page of today’s Asian edition.

I can’t comment other than to confirm that Sony clearly has a dynamic leader in Sir Howard Stringer.

It turns out that Sir Howard will be among the featured guests at a Wall Street Journal related event closer to home next week in Carlsbad, Calif. He and other chieftons of technology and media will take center stage at the D: All Things Digital Conference hosted by The Journal’s popular consumer tech columnist Walt Mossberg and his partner in this endeavor, a former WSJ reporter, Kara Swisher.

I’ll be among the limited number of conferees on hand. I am looking forward to seeing how Sir Howard and the other industry notables handle themselves on the firing line with the dynamic duo of Walt and Kara.

(A few years ago, Sir Howard even got a surprise audience question at D about all the wires, cables and accessories for consumer electronics from none other than Martha Stewart.) I hope to share more with you about the confab next week.

Until then, I’m going to get some much needed rest in my own bed over the Memorial Day weekend and as an American take a moment to give thanks to our nation’s troops (past and present). One way to do this is offered by a nonprofit group at a web site dedicated to this purpose at www.champusa.org which suggests informal backyard ceremonies with friends and family members.

Until next week.

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  1. guest_user wrote: May 27, 2008 4:21pm

    Dear Rick,
    Yes, you are some travel guy! I hope you were able to get some good rest and get acclimated to your own time zone. Jet lags sometimes make it difficult to adjust (just experienced one myself). I don’t know how Sir Howard Stringer does it with his frequent travels to Japan. Let us know how that WSJ event goes; Walt M. is some interesting man – I have been reading his blog from time to time.
    Also, Mr. Clancy, do you know when you will be visiting the DC area Sonystyle stores? If possible, I would love to meet with you personally during your visit. Thanks in advance and have a nice week!
    Stan M.
    P.S. Did you have time to hit Akihabara?

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