Atlus Announces New North American President And CEO Naoto Hiraoka

By Shawn Collier on August 3, 2012, 11:28PM EST

Index Digital Media, Inc., otherwise known as Atlus in North America, has announced that their current President and CEO for the North American branch Shinichi Suzuki will be stepping down from his position effective at the start of this month. Replacing him will be Naoto Hiraoka, the current head of Atlus's parent company Index Corporation and the producer for some of Atlus's most acclaimed games with eleven years of experience and a goal to further develop Atlus by bringing its North American and Japanese branches closer together.

Outgoing President and CEO Mr. Suzuki had this to say in his parting statement:

[[quote]]In the time since I assumed the role of President and CEO of Index Digital Media, Inc., the company has experienced tremendous success and growth. I am so proud to have served at the helm of such a well-loved brand as ATLUS. I thank my staff and all of the fans that continue to support the company and its games. Under new leadership, we will continue our proud tradition of excellent games and exceptional localizations. I extend my sincerest thanks to all who helped in some way to make us successful.[[/quote]]

And Mr. Hiraoka had this to say about Mr. Suzuki:

[[quote]]I am honored to succeed Mr. Suzuki as the head of Index Digital Media. Like all ATLUS fans, I am grateful to him for his long service to the company and its many years of prosperity under his supervision. Moving forward, we will continue ATLUS' esteemed legacy of extraordinary video games, retaining our focus on the core but remaining open to exploring new opportunities in emerging sectors.[[/quote]]

Mr. Suzuki will stay on with the company in an advisory role until through September.

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