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Kazuo Hirai is being criticized by a former Sony Corp. director who says the company’s chief executive officer is abandoning its traditional engineering focus.

Sony’s electronics business is central to its long-term success, Tamotsu Iba, 79, a former chief financial officer and vice chairman, wrote in a letter sent to management on Monday. Iba, who also sent two other missives earlier this year, wants Sony executives to address his questions about executive compensation and Hirai’s leadership during a June 23 shareholder meeting.

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