Sony CEO Upset with Ken Kutaragi
Sony's CEO Howard Stringer went on record to explain the situation, and told the Wall Street Journal that his relationship with Kutaragi wasn't great. Stringer noted that Kutaragi was "uncommunicative" and difficult to work with. Stringer went on to mention that Kutaragi often made decisions without the permission of the higher-ups, including Stringer himself. Kutaragi would also keep Stringer out in the dark in regards to production issues.
Kutaragi apparently called for the price-cut of 20GB PS3's by 20% before the unit launched. A move that really upset Stringer even though he did agree to it: "Financially it wasn't one of my best moments," he said. What's more is that Kutaragi went over the allotted budget developing the PS3 without consulting anyone about it.
To really illustrate just how bad scenario is, Stringer said: "I've had dinner with [Mr. Kutaragi] more times than I've had dinner with my wife, and that's not really healthy," he said. The attempts to form a working alliance where met with gloom.
3/5/2007 Arnold Katayev