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Sony Taps New Head Of Broadcast Business

Sony Electronics will head to NAB in Las Vegas next month with a change in leadership at its storied broadcast business.

At a press briefing Tuesday in New York, the Japanese electronics giant announced that Katsunori Yamanouchi, who has been president of Sony’s Professional Solutions Americas business since April 2016, will be returning to Japan at the end of the month to work in the company’s marketing division.

Effective April 1 his duties will be taken over by his direct successor, Theresa Alesso, a 28-year Sony veteran who most recently was VP of Imaging Products and Solutions – Americas.

Alesso will now be president of the Sony Imaging Products and Solutions – Americas, Pro division (the new name for the Professional Solutions Americas business). She will be one of a handful of women to run a major broadcast technology vendor that includes former EVS CEO Muriel De Lathower and former Aspera (now part of IBM) CEO Michelle Munson.

Alesso will report to Neal Manowitz, currently VP of sales and marketing for Sony’s Digital Imaging Division, who is being promoted to deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions Americas, which encompasses seven different B-to-B divisions including media, digital cinematography cameras and healthcare.

John Studdert, Sony’s VP of U.S. sales and marketing for media and sports and the point man for its call-letter station customers, will remain in his current role and report to Alesso.―TV News Check

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