Tatsumi Kimishima Becomes New President of Nintendo

Tatsumi Kimishima, center, newly appointed president of Japanese video game giant Nintendo, speaks to reporters at the Osaka Stock Exchange on September 14, while Nintendo's famous game creator Shigeru Miyamoto, left, looks on. Nintendo said it has appointed Kimishima as its new president two months after its chief executive Satoru Iwata died from cancer. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jiji Press, AFP/Getty Images)
Tatsumi Kimishima, center, newly appointed president of Japanese video game giant Nintendo, speaks to reporters at the Osaka Stock Exchange on September 14, while Nintendo’s famous game creator Shigeru Miyamoto, left, looks on. Nintendo said it has appointed Kimishima as its new president two months after its chief executive Satoru Iwata died from cancer. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jiji Press, AFP/Getty Images)

Nintendo announced Tatsumi Kimishima will serve as the video game maker’s next president and CEO following the death of Satoru Iwata in July from a bile duct growth.

Kimishima had run Nintendo’s human resources division since 2014. Prior to that role, the 65-year-old executive served as director and CEO of Nintendo of America in 2006, and president of The Pokemon Company in 2000.

Shigeru Miyamoto — creator of key Nintendo franchises Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda — will serve as a Creative Fellow, while Genyo Takeda will assume the role of Technology Fellow. Both executives were rumored to be potential successors to Iwata.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Brett Molina

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