After a brief two and a half years, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima will be stepping down from his leadership position over the company. Kimishima was granted the position following the unfortunate passing of Satoru Iwata in 2015, a man beloved for his work in reigning in the modern Nintendo era.
Claiming the position of Nintendo’s sixth president will be the 46-year old board member of The Pokémon Company, Shuntaro Furukawa. With Nintendo’s hardware sales on the rise, thanks to the success of the Switch, the company feels now is an optimum time to transition to a younger leader. Furukawa has been working with Nintendo since 1994 and has served as the Outside Director of The Pokemon Company since 2012. On top of that, he worked as Supervisor of Corporate Analysis & Administration Division and Director of Nintendo since 2016 and is said to have worked closely with the marketing strategies of the Nintendo Switch.
It’s important to note this change isn’t caused by a lack of performance. Kimishima pulled Nintendo out of one of the company’s darkest moments following the Wii-U, and guided the Switch to becoming the powerhouse it is today. Not only that, Kimishima made great strides in expanding the companies reach in the mobile market and even finalized plans for the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie.
The change is expected to take place sometime this Summer.