Reggie Fils-Aimé, former Nintendo of America president, has joined the New York Video Game Critics Circle (NYVGCC) board of directors. In a press release, the NYVGCC said Fils-Aimé’s new role, which commences immediately, will help the NYVGCC’s mission to run “mentoring and scholarships in underserved communities”
“I’m pleased to welcome my long-time friend and gaming industry veteran, Reggie Fils-Aimé, to the board of the New York Videogame Critics Circle, where his extensive experience will strengthen our board of directors,” said NYVGCC founder and board president, Harold Goldberg. “Reggie’s history of leadership and industry disruption will be a tremendous asset to the organization as we continue to execute on our mission of giving back to our underserved communities.”
“Drawing from my years of experience in the gaming industry for having a big picture perspective, and from my roots as a kid from the Bronx, joining the New York Videogame Critics Circle board of directors feels like a natural fit,” Fils-Aimé said in a statement (thanks, Gamasutra). “I have an admiration for the work that the NYVGCC has accomplished in giving back to communities since its inception and can’t wait to jump in and contribute to the success of the organization.”
Fils-Aimé retired from Nintendo of America in April 2019. After confirming the former president was leaving to spend “more time with [his] wife, family and friends”, Nintendo then confirmed he would be succeeded by current senior VP of sales and marketing, Doug Bowser. Nick Chavez, in turn, succeeded Doug Bowser as senior VP of sales and marketing.
Fils-Aimé thanked the Nintendo fan community via a video shared on Twitter, in which he called his successor “a passionate and powerful leader”.
“Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aimé said at the time. “It’s a part that is filled with gratitude – for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community. As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humor, this is not ‘game over’ for me, but instead ‘leveling up’ to more time with my wife, family and friends.”
Photo by Sarah Ingram.