Capcom changes leaders for America and Europe

by: Dan -
Capcom is changing the guard at the top of the U.S. and European divisions. The company announced today that Kazuhiko Abe has been appointed CEO and President of Capcom U.S.A., Inc. and CE Europe, Ltd. Abe joined Capcom back in 2003 as a GM of Management Planning and has also served as CFO of Capcom Japan.

This is an interesting move IMO, because other than the seven years with Capcom, Abe’s experience has mostly been in the financial sector working with telecommunications, software and banking industries. Hopefully he won’t run the divisions like a bean counter and let them still have freedom to be creative.

CAPCOM NAMES KAZUHIKO ABE CEO AND PRESIDENT OF CAPCOM USA AND CAPCOM EUROPE
SAN MATEO, Calif. – August 23, 2010 – Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced the appointment of Kazuhiko Abe to CEO and President of Capcom U.S.A., Inc. and CE Europe, Ltd. Abe is responsible for the overall management of North American and European business operations and will oversee the activities between the U.S. and European offices in order to promote efficient international operations.

Abe joined Capcom in 2003 as General Manager of Management Planning and in 2006 became the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Capcom in Japan. Prior to joining Capcom, Abe worked for various institutions such as The Mitsubishi Bank and telecommunications service provider Hikari Tsushin, Inc. before taking the role of Executive Officer at Intuit Kabushiki Kaisha.

“Abe-san has proven to be an invaluable asset to Capcom,” said Kenzo Tsujimoto, chairman and chief executive officer of Capcom Co., Ltd. “His experience of over seven years with Capcom can only benefit the operations in North America and Europe and strengthen the relationships between the Japanese and Pan-Western territories.”
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