Minoru Arakawa, der 22 Jahre lang die Geschicke von Nintendo America geleitet hat, ist am 7. Januar in den Ruhestand getreten, zufrieden mit einer erfolgreichen Einführung des GameCube in den USA. Nachfolger wird laut Nintendo Japan Tatsumi Kimishima, der seit zwei Jahren der CEO der Pokemon Company und Präsident von Pokemon, USA Inc. ist. Den kompletten Text des englischen Press Release findet Ihr auf der nächsten Seite...
Nintendo of America Inc. President Minoru Arakawa Announces His Retirement
Tatsumi Kimishima Appointed Successor
REDMOND, Wash. Jan. 7, 2002: Minoru Arakawa, President of Nintendo of America Inc. (NOA) for the past 22 years, today announced his retirement effective immediately.
After many months of consideration, Arakawa felt the timing was appropriate to turn the office over to new leadership.
"The U.S. video game industry is extremely strong and NOA´s position within the industry has never been better," said Arakawa. "The recent impressive marketplace successes of both Game Boy Advance and the NINTENDO GAMECUBE coupled with NOA´s unparalleled financial and management resources allow me the opportunity to pursue new endeavors."
Nintendo of America Board Member Howard Lincoln, currently CEO of the Seattle Mariners said: "Minoru Arakawa´s significant contributions to the success of NOA and the development of the U.S. video game industry are unequaled and widely acclaimed. Many of Arakawa´s initiatives have become industry standards, largely responsible for the unprecedented strength of interactive entertainment today."
In a separate announcement made in Kyoto, Japan, Nintendo Co. Ltd., the parent company of NOA, announced Mr. Arakawa would be succeeded by Mr. Tatsumi Kimishima.
Mr. Kimishima has been with NCL for the past two years serving most recently as Chief Financial Officer of The Pokemon Company and President of Pokemon U.S.A., Inc. A native of Japan, Mr. Kimishima spent over 25 years with the Sanwa Bank in several management roles including nearly seven years in New York and California. Mr. Kimishima will assume his new responsibilities effective immediately.