On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Ann L. Morfogen
Ann L. Morfogen served as Sony’s chief communications officer in the U.S. from September 1994 through December 2010, reporting to the CEO. In 2011 she formed her own consulting business with Sony as a client. While at Sony she oversaw U.S. corporate communications and public relations for the company’s electronics, entertainment and new media businesses, and directed global communications in collaboration with Sony’s Corporate headquarters in Japan. She also served as President of the Sony USA Foundation, with responsibility for public affairs and philanthropic activities, including the restoration and operation of the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, an interactive museum for children located in New York City. She directed Sony’s internal and external communications across a wide range of business transactions, product announcements and transitions, including the appointment of Sir Howard Stringer as Chairman and CEO, the first non-Japanese to hold such a position.
Before joining Sony, Ms. Morfogen served as Vice President of Media Relations, for CBS Inc. from September 1988 through August 1994. As the senior communications officer for the company, she was responsible for all publicity and media relations activities for CBS, CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports, as well as related network, affiliate, sales and corporate operations. Prior to that she worked at CBS News for more than 10 years, and also held various positions in communications, public relations and management at CBS Entertainment in Los Angeles, and the CBS Television Stations.
At CBS she oversaw press activities for groundbreaking media events including David Letterman’s arrival at the network; the broadcast of award-winning programs including “Lonesome Dove” and “Murphy Brown”; national political conventions, elections, and global events; the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France and Lillehammer, Norway, and the press strategy surrounding the lawsuit filed by Gen. William Westmoreland against CBS.
Ms. Morfogen is a graduate of Albright College in Reading, Pa., and has attended New York University and Columbia University for post-graduate studies. She has served on the boards of numerous professional organizations, and in 2005 was the recipient of a NY Women’s Agenda Star Award.