TOKYO Nov 8 Sony Corp's network strategy chief,
Tim Schaaff, will quit next month after leading the Japanese
company's efforts to build a unified online content delivery
platform to compete with Apple Inc for the past seven
Schaaff, 52, would retire as of Dec. 31, Sony said in a
release. Andrew House, the head of its gaming division would
assume responsibilities for its online network unit as a
Sony said Schaaff would remain as an external director at
the Sony unit, but did not elaborate on his future plans.
Former Sony CEO, Howard Stringer, headhunted Schaaff from
Apple in 2005 to build the company's online presence. As a
member of Steve Jobs' inner circle of developers, Schaaff
oversaw the creation of its QuickTime video streaming software.
Sony under Stringer and his successor, current CEO Kazuo
Hirai, has pursued a strategy to link its game consoles and
other devices online to an extensive library of software, movie
and music content as demand for its televisions shrinks.
Schaaff launched new online services, including Music
Unlimited in 2010, overseeing an expansion in subscribers to the
company's networks to 110 million.