Rose, who returned from the UK to take on the role of CEO at the Australian subsidiary, previously worked as marketing director at the Japanese company. During his tenure as CEO, he has had to manage a significant downturn in sales, due in part to problems associated with the parent company.
Rose has said he will leave in mid-July to pursue new opportunities. “It feels that this is the right time for me to conclude my tenure with Sony,” he said.
“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”.