Top Nintendo PR positions vacant

[UPDATE] Job listings indicate near-empty executive suite at Mario Factory's new Redwood City corporate communications center; external PR claims PR VP Kaplan still at company.

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In early June, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that most public relations personnel at the Mario Factory's US arm were clocking out. However, he would not clarify the status of such high-level personnel as vice president of corporate communications Perrin Kaplan and senior director of corporate communications Beth Llewellyn.

Perrin Kaplan and Reggie Fils-Aime, in happier times.

This week, though, the company's HR department apparently did the job for him, courtesy of a passel of job listings via the online recruitment site Taleo. Nearly 40 slots are now open at NOA's New York City and Redwood City, California, offices. Nearly three quarters of the openings are at the latter, where such prominent positions as vice president of corporate communications, senior director of corporate communications, and director of corporate communications will be located.

Interestingly, Nintendo's external executive headhunting firm is taking applications for all three positions, indicating that they currently are--or will shortly be--vacant. That, in turn, suggests Kaplan and Llewellyn--both of whom have spent years with NOA--have left their positions. [UPDATE] Late this afternoon, Nintendo's external PR agency told GameSpot Kaplan was still in Nintendo's employ, but did not say for how long or in what capacity.

One position Nintendo is not publicly hiring for is senior vice president of marketing and communications--a slot currently held by George Harrison. The status of that executive--who, along with NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime, was the company's most public face--remains unclear.

Discussion

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kingmickey2
kingmickey2

As I said, is it gonna be the main HQ thats moving, or just the marketing departments?

KickinIt_ftw
KickinIt_ftw

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KickinIt_ftw
KickinIt_ftw

@ElectrolightSH: "Perrin Kaplan is so hot, I wonder if she is single." She's married. I worked with her for three years. She's more attractive in person - and as a redhead imo. I still remember her bringing Kobe Bryant through our office when Courtside was in production for the 64. At any rate, she knows more about Nintendo than gamers give her credit for. The problem is that she gets told what to say, regardless of whether it's factual or smoke up your ass. She was very well liked at noa, I'm sure that everyone still there is sorry to see her go. @reactionsok: "i have an interview next week - wish me luck guys!" Best of luck! While it was a few years back, I have only positve things to say from my experience at NOA. Things be even better now with the wildfire success of the DS & Wii.

soulless4now
soulless4now

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Gamer46
Gamer46

BlueFlameBat wrote: "Nintendo should have bargained with Kaplan and Llewellyn. MicroSoft across the street is licking its chops." :lol: Kaplan would have NO credibility with the MS audience, none. Nor would should she have credibility with Sony's audience because all of us understand games and she has NO clue what she's talking about. And in fact, more than half of Nintendo fans I know think she's an idiot as well.

Cypher_187
Cypher_187

Sonicgod says: "I am going to apply for the job and see if nintendo will give me the job with zero hours or knowlage of PR jobs." Or, apparently, how to spell... :lol:

gccg
gccg

All I can say is that for me and other Nintendo fans, any of the positions they have available is labeled DREAM JOB!

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Nintendo should have bargained with Kaplan and Llewellyn. MicroSoft across the street is licking its chops.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Even if they hire some mediocre people, Nintendo still has a pretty strong group with Reggie, George, Miyamoto, and Iwata

cluelesspunk
cluelesspunk

The only one of those I really liked was George Harrison. I hope he stays. And, of course, he's got a name that makes me giggle on the inside.

ElectrolightSH
ElectrolightSH

Perrin Kaplan is so hot, I wonder if she is single.

Swampthing
Swampthing

Perrin needed to be tossed on the heap long ago, she's just trash. I've seen her interviews and she comes off demeaning, arrogant, and repetitive. She obviously doesn't give a damn about the "toys" she sells and that's terrible for someone who is supposedly in PR...

123625
123625

when miyamoto goes nintendo will fall i believe not majorly of course but it will be a major blow to all gamers

reactionsok
reactionsok

i have an interview next week - wish me luck guys!

Gamer46
Gamer46

As long as Harrison doesn't leave, these aren't any serious blows. Kaplan has no clue what she's talking about and Llewellyn can be replaced easily as well. Reggie, Harrison, Iwata and Miyamoto... As long as those four are there, Nintendo should be ok.

innuya
innuya

What happened, why're all these people leaving Nintendo? Did I miss something? >>

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

I am going to apply for the job and see if nintendo will give me the job with zero hours or knowlage of PR jobs.

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

I want to go into sales and marketing, if I already had the degree this would be great for me since they are hiring so many people. Wish this was happening a few years from now.

finaleve
finaleve

Cut out the mario factory already, its annoying now.

chubhold
chubhold

I think this was a rare Nintendo mistake. Extraordinary people like those are really hard to come by. But I understand the need to get closer to the action in CA.

blueflamedino
blueflamedino

aslong as their ips come out on time, I couldn't care less

jrapczak
jrapczak

Hey, As long as Iwata stays President, Nintendo is A-OK. This guy comes in after the Gamecubes release, and rids it of the purple lunchbox image giving it the Platinum makeover with a matching Gameboy SP. Then releases the DS, DS Lite and Wii all under his watch. Iwata and Miyamoto, you can't go wrong.

Pete5506
Pete5506

They have to start finding people

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Easy to fill when you are No1, harder to fill when you ain't selling well, The marketing is already working, give you months to find the next step

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

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Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Given the recent layoffs at Sony, I would expect the other Bay Area jobs to be easily filled. Senior Executive positions not only take a long time to find the right person, but also require casting a broad net to give hiring managers a sufficiently large pool to draw from. Given Nintendo's partnering with Taleo, it would stand to reason they are looking to get a jump on finding a replacement. This could mean a future replacement for departing personnel or an emphasis on grooming a would-be successor.

Dolacide
Dolacide

Wow, that's a lot of jobs to fill.

GrimBee
GrimBee

Llewelyn, do Wales proud and stay with Nintendo!!! :D