NAOKI KATASHIMA APPOINTED TO ROLE OF EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF KOEI CORPORATION (NORTH AMERICA), KOEI LTD. (UK), AND KOEI FRANCE
Tuesday, 12th February 2008 at 5:30 pm
KOEI Restructures Business Units to Focus on Global Video Game Markets
Burlingame, CA—February 12, 2008 -- KOEI, recognized worldwide as the premier brand of strategy and action games, today announced that Naoki Katashima has been appointed to the role of Executive Vice President of KOEI Ltd. in the UK, KOEI France, and KOEI Corporation in North America. In this new position, he will manage the sales and marketing operations in each of these territories.
Mr. Katashima's appointment is part of KOEI's new mid-term plan, which also includes the formation of two global business divisions within company's headquarters at Yokohama, Japan. Each division will focus specifically on the Western and Asian markets, respectively. In addition to his newly appointed role as Executive Vice President, Mr. Katashima will also serve as the General Manager of KOEI's Global Business Division focusing on North America and Europe. Mr. Katashima will be based at KOEI Ltd. in Hertfordshire, England.
"This new mid-term plan is a very significant development for KOEI. The plan demonstrates our renewed commitment to our western businesses and the importance with which KOEI views the markets outside of Japan," said Naoki Katashima, Executive Vice President of KOEI Ltd., KOEI France, and KOEI Corporation. "This plan establishes an entirely new division that unifies all of KOEI's western territories, and represents a substantial part of the company overall. Now more than ever, KOEI's development studios, and sales and marketing teams around the world are working more closely together to develop remarkable entertainment experiences for video gamers across the globe."
Prior to this position, Mr. Katashima served as Senior Vice President of KOEI Ltd. in the UK. His new role is effective immediately.
About KOEI Corporation
Based in Burlingame, California, KOEI Corporation established operations in 1988 as the North American subsidiary of KOEI Co., Ltd. of Japan. KOEI is respected worldwide as the premier brand of strategy and simulation games, and is the innovator of the Tactical Action genre. The company's Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® series of games have generated a combined 15 million units in global sales.
KOEI develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software for video game systems and personal computers. For fiscal 2006, KOEI posted worldwide revenues of $206 million. KOEI maintains operations in Japan, the U.S., the UK, France, Canada, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Lithuania. More information about KOEI and its products can be found at www.koei.com.
Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors and the KOEI logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of KOEI Co., Ltd. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
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