Atlus appoints new president and CEO
posted on 08.01.12 at 08:14 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Naoto Hiraoka to bring Japanese and U.S. branches closer.

Atlus’ North American subsidiary has a new president and CEO. Naoto Hiraoka, the current head of consumer business at Atlus parent company Index Corporation and producer for some of Atlus’ “most acclaimed games,” will take the position Shinichi Suzuki, the current president and CEO, today leaves.

Hiraoka brings eleven years of experience to Atlus, and hopes to further develop the company by bringing its Japanese and North American offices closer together.

“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,” said Hiraoka. “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.”

In his departure statement, Suzuki said, “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.”

Suzuki will remain in an advisory role through September to make for a “seamless transition of management.”

  • TheFoolArcana

    I want every woman at ATLUS to have my children.

  • FaithlessMr

    They should also work closely with Ghostlight in Europe to release their games in the old continent :D I’d say Ghostlight is the non-official Atlus publisher in this region, lol.

  • whiteferrero

    great job so far suzuki-san! hope for all the best to you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    Hi new president!
    SMT4, Persona 2 Eternal Punishment, Etrian Odyssey 4, Soul Hackers.
    Thank you!

  • Sovereign Gale

    The new president’s name is NAOTO? That’s just the best damn thing ever.

  • Vampiric

    He cant do any worse than the last guy who screwed over fans with shitty publishing deals

    ” retaining our focus on the core but remaining open to exploring new opportunities in emerging sectors.””

    No dont youll make the same mistake as the last a hole