Only the sixth man to have the job in the company’s 128-year history, Pokemon Company board member Shuntaro Furukawa has stepped in to replace Tatsumi Kimishima, who’s been holding the reins for the last two and a half years.
Outgoing president Kimishima has had the shortest tenure, stepping up in the wake of Satoru Iwata’s passing. His time was critical, however – he oversaw the release of the Switch, which followed on the heels of the commercial flop that was the Wii U. He also grew the company’s mobile market, opened Nintendo theme parks and got a Super Mario Bros. movie on track.
But now Nintendo have decided they need someone younger in the role. Shuntaro is just 46 years old, and should be looking at a long career in the company. Nintendo feels now is a good time to pass the baton, with their hardware market in a stable position.