Business 100 - 2011

Aodan Coburn

Aodan Coburn/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

With 25 years of experience in the home entertainment industry, Aodan Coburn is the executive vice president of Worldwide Operations, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE). He helps supervise the global operations, sales and marketing of all packaged media (Blu-ray Disc™, DVD, UMD and VHS.)

Prior to his current position, Aodan was senior vice president of International Operations and oversaw the merger of SPHE and MGM Home Entertainment. He began working at SPHE (then Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment) in 1988 after working at Rank Video Services in the U.K.

His accomplishments include launching the DVD format in 24 countries around the world. He was named one of the “Top 30 Irish Overseas Executives” by the Sunday Independent.

Born in Ireland, with roots in Dundalk, Aodan holds a BA and MA in economics and business studies from Trinity College Dublin. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children and he says, “the biggest thing about me is being Irish. The more I travel, the more I realize just how Irish I am.”