Originally Published: 14 June 2013

Outgoing Sony ANZ MD Carl Rose.

Sony Australia and New Zealand managing director Carl Rose has resigned from the Australian subsidiary of the Japanese company, a Sony media statement has today confirmed.

Sony ANZ media statement (in full):

Sony Australia & New Zealand today announced that Managing Director Carl Rose has resigned from the company and will leave in mid-July to pursue new opportunities.

With 26 years’ service with Sony companies in UK and New Zealand and most recently, six years with Sony in Australia as Managing Director of Sony Australia & New Zealand, Rose said “it feels that this is the right time for me to conclude my tenure with Sony.”

“I’ve had an amazing time with Sony and am proud to leave the company in robust health and on the cusp of its next stage of growth with the rise of 4K Ultra HD as the new standard for TV capture and viewing.

“I have achieved many things in my Sony career and the time has now come for me to move onto other challenges. I would like to thank the Sony Australia and New Zealand team who I believe have the skills, drive and desire to deliver strong growth and capitalise on the company we have built together over the past six years.”

Carl leaves Sony ANZ in a strong position having led the business for the last six years, overseeing some of the most exciting technological developments including the launch of Bravia LCD TVs which led the drive to mass-market Full HD and flat panel TV adoption in Australia and New Zealand.

Yasuhide Yokota the Head of Sony Electronics in the region will concurrently assume MD responsibility from mid-July and review replacement options.

Yokota-san said, “We all wish Carl well for the future. Whilst I understand his decision, it’s sad to lose someone of Carl’s calibre.  Carl and I have worked together for many years and he will be missed both personally and professionally.  Australia and New Zealand are very important markets for Sony and our aim is to continue to build on our momentum of strong local sales and marketing execution to deliver further growth”.

We will not be offering any further comment at this time.