Nintendo of Europe has announced a new senior management structure has been put in place, after Satoru Shibata made the decision to return to the company’s headquarters in Kyoto, Japan.
This ends his 18-year tenure as Nintendo of Europe president, having started to work at Nintendo in 1985 and moving to roles at Nintendo UK (1993) and Nintendo Australia (1996).
He has now returned to Kyoto in a new position within Nintendo as general manager of the Marketing Division and the Licensing Division, and, today, has joined the Board of Directors.
From Sunday 1st July, Koji Miyake, who previously worked as the general manager of the Human Resources Department at Nintendo, will join Nintendo of Europe as CEO and chairman.
Whereas Stephan Bole is the new Nintendo of Europe COO and president, supported by Luciano Pereña as CFO and Laurent Fischer as CMO.
Bole served as managing director of Nintendo France from 2001-2015, and has previous experience as senior managing director corporate strategy (2009-2015) and senior managing director European subsidiaries and affiliates (2015-2018) at Nintendo of Europe.
“To say that Mr Shibata’s contributions have been instrumental to Nintendo’s European operations is an understatement,” explains 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.”