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Nintendo taps operations whiz to lead in turbulent times

Game company seeks to end dependence on magnetic visionaries

The popularity of the Nintendo Switch has lifted the company's earnings.

OSAKA -- Nintendo has tapped a corporate planning veteran to replace its retiring president in the hope that operational expertise, rather than charismatic leadership, is what it needs as smartphones alter the video game landscape.

Shuntaro Furukawa will take office as president on June 28. Outgoing chief Tatsumi Kimishima will move into an advisory role.

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