Sony's Stringer on maiden India visit as SET turns 10

MUMBAI: After the Murdochs, Eisners and Igers of the world, it's now time for Sony Corp's first non-Japanese chairman and CEO Howard Stringer to come on a visit to India.

Stringer, who took charge in March this year, will be here on 20 October. One among the other reasons for his visit: to participate in the 10-year celebration party of Sony Entertainment Television (SET) India, which is going to be held in Mumbai on 22 October at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

According to information available with, Stringer will first be in Delhi, on 20 October. He is seeking to meet senior government functionaries including prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and information and broadcasting minister Jaipal Reddy. He is also likely to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra during his hectic stay here.

Stringer will reach Mumbai on 21 October, it is learnt. Apart from meetings with SET India executives, he will also have interaction with Sony Music and Sony Pictures Releasing of India Ltd (earlier Columbia TriStar Films of India), which is Sony Pictures Entertainment's film distribution arm. He is also likely to meet executives from Sony Corp's consumer electronics division.

Stringer will leave India on 23 October, sources say. He has been quoted in Forbes as saying, "In October, I'll be on the road for three and a half weeks -- in India, in China, twice in Tokyo."

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