Tatsumi Kimishima, a name many gamers are likely unfamiliar with, is the CEO of Nintendo of America and has been since 2006. Until now. Tatsumi will be retiring soon and so a shift in Nintendo of America upper management has been announced. No, COO Reggie Fils-Aime isn't going anywhere. Instead, Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata will be taking on the CEO role.
Here's the relevant section of the press release announcing Tatsumi's retirement having to do with the succession of Iwata:
"Many of his current responsibilities, including the CEO title, will be assumed by Global President Satoru Iwata. The move will support the company’s unified global strategy, allow streamlined decision making and enhance Nintendo's organizational agility in the current competitive environment."
Just whether Iwata's inheritance of the CEO title or its further moves for a "unified global strategy" will result in any direct changes for gamers and their games is unclear. We expect so, citing for example the globally broadcast Nintendo Direct event. As in, Nintendo news faster -- which even if it hasn't directly brought gamers more games any faster than normal, at least offers us a route to offer feedback back to Nintendo... directly.
Satoru Iwata taking on the role of CEO in North America is another positive move for Nintendo in realizing that their audiences in both Japan and here are both equally involved in the future of the company. Or, I suppose, it could just be Nintendo business as usual. They're still making money, after all.
For more changes to Nintendo's Global Board of Directors feel free to visit Nintendo's website for investors.