Nintendo picks new CEO

Nintendo made the announcement today in Japan. Kimishima was Nintendo of America’s president from 2002 to 2006 before being succeeded by Reggie Fils-Aime.

Newly selected Nintendo CEO, Tatsumi Kimishima

Most pundits had expected Nintendo to pick either Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, or Wii mastermind, Genyo Takeda, as its next CEO but instead the company has gone for former Managing Director and current Nintendo Human Resources head, Tatsumi Kimishima.

Nintendo made the announcement today in Japan. Kimishima was Nintendo of America’s president from 2002 to 2006 before being succeeded by Reggie Fils-Aime.

Before that, Kimishima had worked at Sanwa Bank in Japan for almost 30 years. He was also the Chief Financial Officer of the Pokemon Company and then, president of the company’s US arm.

Both Miyamoto and Takeda will remain senior managing directors as well as representative directors at the company.

Kimishima’s role as Nintendo Co. Ltd’s representative director will take effect from September 16.

The company’s previous president, Satoru Iwata, passed away earlier this year.

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