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Nintendo of Europe appoints new CEO

Nintendo has reshuffled its top management in Europe, appointing a new CEO and chairman, Koji Miyake, who’s previously been Nintendo’s HR department general manager.

Miyake will be replacing former European CEO Satoru Shibata who will be returning to Japan to become general manager of the marketing division and licensing division. Shibata will also be joining the board of directors.

Nintendo of Europe also has a new COO and president, Stephan Bole, who formerly was MD at Nintendo France for nearly 15 years and, more recently, senior MD European subsidiaries & affiliates at Nintendo of Europe. He will work alongside Luciano Pereña as CFO and Laurent Fischer as CMO.

“To say that Mr Shibata’s contributions have been instrumental to Nintendo’s European operations is an understatement,” said new Nintendo of Europe president Stephan Bole. “His efforts over the past 18 years have helped to bring Nintendo products to generations of players across Europe – and beyond. While he will be missed by many, I have full confidence that with our new structure we’ll be able to continue our mission of putting smiles on people’s faces through our unique gaming experiences.”

This also follows the retirement of Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, replaced by Shuntaro Furukawa starting today.

About Marie Dealessandri

Marie Dealessandri is MCV’s senior staff writer, having joined the publication during its days as a weekly magazine. After testing the waters of the film industry in France and being a radio host and reporter in Canada, she settled for the games industry in London in 2015. She can be found (very) occasionally tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate, Hollow Knight and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

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