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Sony's Kazuo Hirai, an unconventional CEO

There are benefits to a boss who is free from unwieldy traditions

Kazuo Hirai

TOKYO -- When it comes to top executives of large corporations, people tend to picture dignified men in three-piece suits. Sony President and CEO Kazuo Hirai defies that stereotype. Not just his usual jeans and sneakers in the office, Hirai has always been an "oddball" -- by Japanese standards -- thanks to some international experience in his early life.

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