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Tatsumi Kimishima (君島 達己 Kimishima Tatsumi, born April 21, 1950, in Tokyo) is a Japanese businessman and a former president of Nintendo. He was formerly the president of Nintendo of America from January 2002, succeeding Minoru Arakawa, until Reggie Fils-Aimé took his place in May 2006. He was promoted to Managing Director of Nintendo in June 2013 and was named the fifth president of the company in September 2015, succeeding Satoru Iwata, who died in July 2015. In June 2018, Kimishima stepped down as president, being succeeded by Shuntaro Furukawa.
|5th President of Nintendo|
September 16, 2015 – June 28, 2018
|Preceded by||Satoru Iwata|
|Succeeded by||Shuntaro Furukawa|
|Born||April 21, 1950|
|Alma mater||Hitotsubashi University|
After graduating from Hitotsubashi University, Kimishima joined Sanwa Bank in 1973, working there for 27 years. Kimishima dealt with corporate planning, international business development, corporate communications, and promotions.
During his 27-year tenure at Sanwa Bank, Kimishima was posted in New York, New York, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; San Francisco, California, USA; Central America; and the Caribbean.[failed verification]
The Pokémon CompanyEdit
Kimishima was approached by Hiroshi Yamauchi, who wanted someone outside of the video game industry to oversee the finances of an American subsidiary for the popular Pokémon franchise. Kimishima accepted the position, and was appointed chief financial officer of the The Pokémon Company in December 2000.
Pokémon USA Inc.Edit
In 2001, Kimishima was appointed president of Pokémon USA Inc.
During Kimishima's time working at Pokémon USA Inc. from 2000 to 2002 there was a release of popular Pokémon games that found their ways onto the market and into the homes of consumers. On October 15, 2000 in North America Pokémon Gold and Silver were both released on the Game Boy Color. The Pokémon game known as Pokémon Crystal was released on July 29, 2001 also for the Game Boy Color.
Nintendo's shuffling of executive staffEdit
After the release of the GameCube in 2001, president of Nintendo since 1949, Yamauchi felt that it was the right time to step down from his position. His son-in-law, Minoru Arakawa, took over the role as president of Nintendo in America, but retired only one year later in 2002. Yamauchi appointed Tatsumi Kimishima to become president of Nintendo of America in January 2002. He was previously working as the head of Nintendo's Pokémon division. Four years after Kimishima's promotion he was promoted again, but this time to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board.
In April 2013, Kimishima was promoted to Managing Director of Nintendo Co., Ltd., and Satoru Iwata took his place as chief executive officer of Nintendo of America.
On September 14, 2015, after the death of Iwata in July 2015, Kimishima was named company president of Nintendo. Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda were also put into senior advisory roles as "Creative Fellow" and "Technology Fellow", respectively. Kimishima described his desire to follow Iwata's general strategy, stating that "Takeda and Miyamoto will be in charge of software development, while I control administration". In May 2016, Kimishima announced that Nintendo were going to start their own film production, and that they were looking for filmmakers for their projects. As President of Nintendo, Kimishima also oversaw the launch of the Nintendo Switch, and appeared in the 2017 Nintendo Switch Presentation.
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