Sony's Seligman Quits U.S. Business in Another High-Profile Exit

  • Resignation ends a 15-year career at Sony's U.S. media arm
  • Sony says departure is unrelated to 2014's cyber attack

Nicole Seligman, president of Sony Corporation of America and Sony Entertainment, has resigned, bringing to an end a 15-year career at the Japanese media and electronics conglomerate’s U.S. division.

Seligman, who was also senior legal counsel for Sony Corp., is leaving to pursue “new opportunities,” according to an e-mailed statement from the company on Thursday. She will stay at the company until the end of March. 

The Harvard Law School graduate’s departure comes more than a year after Sony suffered a massive cyber attack that spilled thousands of sensitive and embarrassing emails and documents onto the Internet and led to the firing of Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal. Seligman’s resignation was a personal decision and unrelated to the hack, a Sony spokesman said.

“Nicole has been an integral – and indispensable – part of many big decisions and developments throughout Sony’s global organization, offering sage counsel to her colleagues, and demonstrating both breadth of vision and great attention to detail,” Sony Corp. Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai and Sony Entertainment chief Michael Lynton said in an internal memo.

Sony’s American operations span film and music to gaming and electronics. Seligman led the company’s relocation to the Flatiron District of New York in 2014 after the sale of the Tokyo-based conglomerate’s U.S. headquarters for $1.1 billion. As a lawyer, she served as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and represented former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial at the Senate. 

Her exit was first reported in Variety on Thursday.

“With the move close to completion, it’s the right time to look at what will come next," Seligman said in a statement provided by Sony.

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