Miles Flint steps down from the position as President of Sony Ericsson

4 September 2007 by
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From the forum:
Mr. Flint will have his last day working as the head of Sony Ericsson on November 1st. Hideki 'Dick' Komiyama, currently Chairman of the Board of Sony Electronics USA will succeed Miles Flit.

Miles Flit will remain as Executive Advisor to Dick Komiyama until the end of December 2007. Disk Komiyama will be base at Sony Ericsson's offices in London.

Commenting on today's announcement Miles Flint said, "After nearly 17 years in Sony and Sony Ericsson, I wish to develop new personal and business opportunities and intend to take a short career break before deciding on my next steps. Leading a major mobile handset company which is also a joint venture between two of the world's great companies has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. The belief amongst shareholders, employees, customers and suppliers in the potential of Sony Ericsson has been a huge motivating factor in the company's success to date. I believe that, together, we have in place very firm foundations for the next phase of Sony Ericsson's growth, and I wish Dick Komiyama every success in his new role."
Miles FlintMiles Flint joined Sony Ericsson from Sony Europe in June 2004. Under his leadership the company has enjoyed a period of outstanding growth and success, as well as the development of a richer and broader product portfolio, including the introduction of Walkman® music phones and Cyber-shot(TM) imaging phones worldwide. Sony Ericsson has grown to become No. 4 in the global mobile handset industry and is today one of the most innovative and attractive brands for mobile communications and entertainment.
Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of the Board of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and President and CEO of Ericsson, said, "Miles Flint's contribution to Sony Ericsson has been very impressive. He has led and managed the company to reach its current level of success, and we are very sorry to see him leave. However we fully understand and respect his reasons for wishing to step down and consider new personal and business opportunities."  He added, "Miles has been clear that his number one priority in the short term is to ensure a smooth handover to his successor and he will continue to be involved with Sony Ericsson's business until the end of the year. He transfers the leadership of a business that is poised for significant further growth in the years to come."
Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation, and a member of the Board of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, said, "We will miss Miles Flint enormously, but fully respect his wish to change direction. Under his leadership Sony Ericsson has doubled sales and volume, as well as more than doubling the company's profitability, whilst also gaining global market share. Today Sony Ericsson's position as a leading player in the global mobile handset industry is unquestioned." He added, "I am delighted that Dick Komiyama, an esteemed colleague and international executive who has worked shoulder to shoulder with me at Sony Electronics in the USA and Sony in Japan will carry on the vision of Katsumi Ihara, Sony Ericsson's first president, and of Miles Flint. With longstanding experience in the areas of consumer electronics marketing and business-to-business sales, Dick has accepted the challenge to lead Sony Ericsson in the next phase of its growth and development."
Dick Komiyama said, "I am very pleased to be joining Sony Ericsson. The global mobile handset industry is facing some very interesting and exciting developments, especially with the convergence of audio and video technologies in the mobile communications space. New services and applications are becoming increasingly important to both operators and consumers, and I look forward to bringing to Sony Ericsson my experience in consumer marketing with a deep understanding of customer relationships."

On 18 Sep 18:50 PE wrote
Wasn't Miles Flint the former vocalist of "The Wonder Stuff"? what an illustrious carear this man has had!!!!
On 16 Sep 15:05 andy wrote
great job from indonesia...thanks for being a great leader...good bye sir...
we hope sony ericsson launch a limited product named ur name...heheheh...

On 13 Sep 20:44 Gerry wrote
no, the V640 is just a vodafone specific k770. like when SE made the V600 which was just a K600 with different casing
On 13 Sep 17:55 Jize wrote
check this out guys

new sonyericsson phone?
On 12 Sep 20:37 tt wrote
I think it is good news for high end mobile phone customers. :D
On 12 Sep 19:40 he wrote
i dont think so. but i have seen my uncle(works for nokia) and his friends using se. my uncle gets a very good pay i think he is very much needed to the company(he can get any nokia phone for free) but still uses se. when i ask why he says se is better.
On 11 Sep 09:37 undefined wrote
I think that Flint owns a Nokia E90.
On 7 Sep 15:39 Gerry wrote
Bightspark, the last update for the T610 was the T630. the the T650 is completely different as is the K6** range. the K700 was a dream to use after coming from a T610 and the screen was a beautiful upgrade. yes, the interface layout is similar but the UI is a complete redesign. the K7** and K8** are hugely different again. most SE's are candy-bar formfactor so you cant blame them for having the screen, buttons and cam in the same place.
the fact is, every mobile/cell phone manufacturer usually only has one user interface for their regular phones and another for their smartphones. look at Motorola. they've only just updated their screens but the UI is the same and always has been on all their phones. Nokia is a prime example. they still use the same UI on thier regular phones as they did back in the days when they used colourless screens (like the 5110). the only addition is colour! ...and as for S60 (and S40), that's been going for yeeeaars. if every phone had a completely different UI and layout, customers would be put off, so updates will only ever be revisions. so you see. SE are the best of the top 3 for new designs.
On 7 Sep 06:52 Brightspark wrote
this makes SEs future quite interesting, and i wonder what direction they will take from here on. the new Dick can start by significantly improving SEs QC and thinking of some fresh designs instead of repeated attempts to rehash the t610.
it will help SE no end.
On 5 Sep 20:15 suprarx wrote
i hope SE stays great even without mr.flint. we're going to miss you. you did a great job!!
On 5 Sep 15:05 Gerry wrote
well you say that, but the latest ews would suggest it's making a come-back in the form of a software add-on for some of their phones (N81 is one of them).
On 5 Sep 10:15 SEI wrote
"SE already has plans to blow the new N-Gage out of the water with the addition of the playstation brand"

shouldnt be too hard... n-gage is dead isnt it hahaha
On 5 Sep 05:52 Gerry wrote
well the K850 is still pre-production so i'm sure it'll be sweet when it finally arrives. UIQ3 was always gonna have it's problems in th early stages, i mean, look at S60.

On 5 Sep 04:16 SeF wrote
the Flint's steppinf down, the K850 quality issue and UIQ 3 issues make me perceive that it seems like Flint is aware to escape the current issues with SE phones like K850 lens problem and UI! 3. though i should say that FLint should focus first in reviving the prestige and quality proven by sony ericsson products before stepping down from the throne :) and god bless to the upcoming SE leader :)
On 4 Sep 20:54 Gerry wrote
This could be a sign of the next real push in the market for SE. expect to see some market leading features over the coming months and years. SE already has plans to blow the new N-Gage out of the water with the addition of the playstation brand, so i guess it's a case of "watch this space".
On 4 Sep 13:31 ahmedsama wrote
Now we won't have anymore 'failed' projects on par of the P990 redemption project :D
On 4 Sep 13:13 PopLover wrote
Is that Mean there will be a hybrid Walkman-Cybershot Phone?

Good bye Miles Flint I will Miss Ya :(
On 4 Sep 12:13 Ranjith wrote
aw...thts bad...but did a gr8 job man!


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