Norio Ohga, the former president and chairman of Sony Corporation who helped to develop the compact disc, died Saturday of multiple organ failure, the company said. He was 81.
Ohga worked for what is now Sony as a consultant and adviser while still a music student in Tokyo, before joining the company full time in 1959.
He rose to the ranks of chairman and president and is credited with driving the company’s growth in movies, video games and music.
Ohga saw the potential of the compact disc early and spearheaded Sony’s efforts in that area, the company said.
• Norio Ohga: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norio_Ohga