"Father of the CD" Dies
Norio Ohga, the former Sony chairman known for his major role in the development of the compact disc, died Saturday at the age of 81, Sony announced.
A Sony employee for decades who ran the company from 1982 to 1995, also presided over the creation of Sony Music and paved the way for the establishment of Sony Pictures. He was a special advisor to the company until his death.
"His numerous and successful endeavors were well-known both inside and outside of Sony," Sony's current chairman and CEO, Howard Stringer, said in a statement. "Witnessing Ohga-san's leadership firsthand was truly an honor, and one I continued to enjoy and benefit from in countless ways in the years that followed."