New Appointment

Letter #1: The executive committee has asked me to advise you that you are their choice for Director of Public Relations. We have considered several outstanding candidates and find your qualifications best suited to Sony Corporation. The committee considered your loyalty to the company, the years of excellent service you have given, and your enthusiasm and kind manner. We believe you represent the finest Sony values.

A general announcement will be made to the press and to the company employees on Monday, December 15, and a reception in your honor will follow in the corporate lounge at 3:00 p.m. Please give my secretary a list of friends and family members you would like us to invite to the reception. Prior to that time we will arrange for your picture to be taken for our next newsletter. We congratulate you and look forward to many years of continued association.

Letter #2: It is with pleasure that we announce the new chair of the Sony Charity Committee, Jane Fonda. Jane has been with Sony Corporation for ten years and has served on many committees in the past. She currently works as secretary to Don Murphy in the Technology Department.

Jane has previously served as president of the local realty association, is a member of the company’s grievance committee, and has served as a volunteer with the fire department’s annual Save our Youth program. Part of her new responsibilities will be to determine how Sony Corporation can help meet the needs of the homeless in our community. We are pleased that Jane has accepted this appointment and know she will represent the company well and will contribute much to the community.

Letter #3: I am pleased to inform you of the recent decision of the Board of Directors to promote you to Director of Marketing. You will assume this position on the first working day of the new year and will report directly to Bret Cruise. In this position you will supervise the efforts of the six-member marketing staff and be responsible for directing their efforts as outlined in our Five-Year Plan.

Your two-year record with the marketing department affirms your strong marketing and people skills, which the board feels are essential to your new position. We are certain that you will enjoy continued success as our marketing director. Please accept our congratulations and best wishes.

Letter #4: I am pleased to announce that Phil Johnson, Professor in the Department of Linguistics, has been appointed to replace Lisa Stones as Associate Dean in the College of Humanities. Phil served for many years as Chair of the Department of Linguistics and is currently completing a sabbatical leave. He has excellent credentials to serve in an administrative capacity in the college, and I appreciate his willingness to accept this appointment.

The exact date of the passing of the baton is not at all clear. Lisa is already very much involved with her new duties in the Academic Vice President’s office, and Phil needs to complete some work relating to his research before he can join us full time. We’ll just say that at some point by the beginning of Fall Semester Phil will be in a position to assume his new responsibilities. We look forward to working with Phil in this new appointment.