updated 03:20 pm EST, Thu December 22, 2005
Sony hires former Apple VP
today announced that it has hired former Apple executive Tim Schaaff, who has held various positions at the company--including vice president of interactive media. Schaaff has been appointed to the newly-created position of senior vice president of software development at Sony and reports directly to Keiji Kimura, executive vice president and officer in charge of Sony's technology strategy. Schaaff's many contributions at Apple included managing the development and maintenance of Apple's QuickTime platform.
Prior to working at Apple, Schaaff worked on the development of the Synclavier music synthesizer at New England Digital. "Software is obviously a critical element in creating champion Sony products, and in increasing the value of Sony devices and services by ensuring interoperability," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO of Sony. "Tim's expertise is a vital addition to the Sony team, and he will be responsible for developing and deploying a unified, intuitive Sony 'look and feel' to user interfaces and functionality across our entire product line."