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Nintendo Directors Have Spent 285 Years Shaping the Industry

Posted by James Newton

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Nintendo's joint position as the venerable grandfather of gaming and constant innovator is a combination of imagination, intelligence and experience, and the latter is something the company's guiding lights certainly are not short of.

Nintendo's annual general meeting is coming up next week, and the company will be electing ten directors, a slight slimming down from its current 11 directors. Nintendo has put together a quick summary of the candidates, and their wealth of experience at the company is incredible.

Between them, the directors have spent an enormous 285 years working at the company. The longest-serving director is General Manager of the Manufacturing Division Nobuo Nagai, who's been at Nintendo since March 1967, making Shigeru Miyamoto's joining date of 1977 look decidedly late to the party. Satoru Iwata, the youngest of the directors, is a novice by comparison, with just 11 years of service under his belt.

With such experience at its top level, is it any wonder Nintendo is still the biggest name in gaming?



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NintyMan said:

Wow, some of those men make Miyamoto and Iwata look like new. Actually, I do find it very interesting that Iwata is so new and yet he's the President of the company.



JaxxRaxor said:

Wow for a moment I thought the article meant that Nintendo has lasted for 285 years. Its actually about 122 years, Nintendo was founded in 1889.



HipsterDashie said:

I wonder whatever happened to the Yamauichi family, wasn't it them who used to run Nintendo before Mr Iwata took over?



melechofsin said:

@SoulSilver According to the proxy statement linked from here, Yamauchi is the largest shareholder of Nintendo holding 11% of Nintendo. It is probable that some of the directors were nominated on his behalf, whether according to agreements between parties, or because of his power. Either way, he can exert some significant influence.



CapedGodot said:

Hiroshi Yamauchi retired to be the Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2002, leaving Iwata as his successor of choice. He retired from that position about 3 years later. He still remains the largest shareholder of Nintendo, though.



Themadmonk said:

That's a lot of time and bits:-D Iwata may have moved up so quickly for being such an innovator and Nintendo knowing when let someone else take a chance depending on vision.



James said:

Before he became a director at Nintendo, Iwata was at HAL Laboratory so he still has plenty of relevant experience!



MeloMan said:

Guess it doesn't hurt to marry into Yamauchi's family to move ol' Iwata up the chain either

Wow... there's someone that's been there since one day before my b-day, 1942. Talk about longevity...



Omenapoika said:

Japanese work-life is a different world... (I studied that)
Throughout the history since agriculture, Japanese have valued their co-workers like family. Of course with capitalism and population growth in the more recent generations have changed the values, but one's company is still a huge deal.
Every Japanese company has individual policies of for example how to address a superior, how to be clothed, how many thank yous is enough and how many steps you take from the door before making eye contact... And it's a huge deal, of course.
I can just imagine the hierarchy, positions, stories and situations that span down from these chiefs...



hYdeks said:

yay nintendo has been around for a LONG time and has had different variations on their name and what they use to do as a company (at one point they tried there hand at sex hotels )



ooofooo said:

If any of u ever get a chance you should read a book called game over by david sheff. it tells you all about nintendo up till 1996 and its extremely intresting and explains alot about the company its games and how it became the top gaming company



TanookiSteven said:

No matter what, I will still love Miyamoto. He created my childhood =P...and some of my mom's he created my whole familiy's child-hood!



PSICOffee said:

So by going from 11 to 10, someone will be axed? Funny if it were Miyamoto or Iwata (won't happen).



Capt_N said:

Iwata was originally associated w/ Hal labs. He was a programmer for Kirby's Adventure, I think.



moosa said:

Iwata is a pretty cool guy. eh reads encyclopedias and doesn't afraid of anything.

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