A legend in the gaming world and in businesses in general passed away yesterday. Here is the official statement from Nintendo:
Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.
1. Name : Satoru Iwata
2. Date of Birth : December 6, 1959
3. Career Record : June 2000 Appointed as Director May 2002 Appointed as President Appointed as Representative Director June 2013 Appointed as CEO of Nintendo of America Inc.
4. Other Information : As a result, the following two Representative Directors remain at the company. Genyo Takeda (Representative Director; Senior Managing Director) Shigeru Miyamoto (Representative Director; Senior Managing Director)
Link to Nintendo Document
Satoru Iwata led Nintendo to their highest marks in profitability and growth in his 13 years as Nintendo President. Not only was he a CEO, but he was a very talented game developer in helping create and develop the early Kirby games and the Earthbound series. His love for games no doubt has helped keep Nintendo as a gaming first company while other game centered companies have not followed suite.