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Executive shuffle: Nintendo, Disney

Denise Kaigler anointed Kaplan's successor as PR doyenne, Jean-Marcel Nicolai leaves Atari to oversee development at Mouse House's game division.



As the Wii continued to break sales records in 2007, Nintendo of America rewarded its sales, PR, and marketing teams by reorganizing and relocating them to New York City and Redwood City, California. As a result, many longtime staffers accepted severance packages rather than relocate, including high-ranking executives like Beth Llewellyn, George Harrison, and Perrin Kaplan.

This week, NOA announced that it had filled Kaplan's position. Taking over is Denise Kaigler (pictured), currently the head of Global Corporate Communications and Corporate Citizenship at Reebok, where she has worked for 16 years. February 18 will be her first day on the job as vice president of marketing and corporate affairs at Nintendo's brand-new Redwood City office. She will report to executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Cammie Dunaway, who replaced George Harrison last November.

Meanwhile, Disney Interactive Studios--formerly known as Buena Vista Games--announced today it, too, has added a new member to its executive team. Jean-Marcel Nicolai, currently the chief technology officer and senior vice president of product development at Atari, will come on board as senior vice president of global production. He joins legendary game designer Warren Spector at DIS, which is currently working on the relaunch of the Turok franchise, due out later this year on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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