BY JOACHIM BAMRUD
Minoru Itaya doesn't seem like your typical record industry executive. First of all, he's spent most of his career in technology. Second, he heads up Latin America division of Japanese-Swedish wireless phone producer Sony Ericsson.
Yet, for all practical purposes, Itaya is now one of the most important music industry executives in Latin America.
Thanks to the Japanese executive, artists like Ricky Martin, Robbie Williams, Alejandro Saenz and Julieta Venegas have sold hundreds of thousands more CD's than they normally would. In the case of Venegas - a hugely popular artist in Mexico - she sold an additional half a million CD's.
Itaya's role? As head of Sony Ericsson in Latin America he has spearheaded the phone producer's innovative strategy ...