Simon Kemp Departs Nintendo UK

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It has been confirmed that Nintendo UK general manager Simon Kemp is to leave the company.

Kemp was hired to the role in November 2012 to replace David Yarnton, at a point in time that he had described as a “pivotal moment” with Wii U nearing launch worldwide.

Nintendo of Europe clarified that his decision to leave was “to pursue opportunities for a change of career outside Nintendo,” and that he will be temporarily replaced by Nintendo of Europe senior managing director Stephan Bole while they seek a permanent replacement.

“Simon has performed the role of general manager of Nintendo UK since November 2012. Nintendo would like to take this opportunity to thank Simon for his services to Nintendo UK and to wish him every success in his choice of new career,” Nintendo UK shared with MCV.

This is another high-profile departure for the company, with head of consumer marketing James Honeywell, head of communications and partnerships Jo Bartlett, and marketing director Shelly Pearce all having left in the past year.

They have since recruited Matthias Hempfling as marketing and PR director, and Kalpesh Tailor as head of communications Kalpesh Tailor, both joining from Nintendo of Europe.

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