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ATLUS CEO of North America steps down after eight years

Shinichi Suzuki steps down

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The CEO of ATLUS stepped down today after eight years with the publisher of games like Trauma Center, Persona 3 and 4, Demon's Souls and Catherine in North America.

The CEO of the North American subsidiary of ATLUS stepped down today after eight years with the publisher of games like Trauma Center, Persona 3 and 4, Demon's Souls and Catherine.

ATLUS' parent company, Index Digital Media Inc. announced that Shinichi Suzuki, who has been president and CEO of the company since 2004, will be replaced by Naoto Hiraoka. Hiraoka has been with ATLUS for 11 years and headed up the consumer business arm of the company.

The outgoing president will be remembered for overseeing year on year record revenues and profits of the company, and leading them during the release of some of ATLUS' most well-known titles.

"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," Suzuki said in a statement.

"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 at ATLUS in an advisory role until the end of September.