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Longtime Nintendo Exec Announces Retirement

by Judy on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 2:22 p.m. PDT

Randy Peretzman, Nintendo's vice president of sales, will retire at the end of this year. After 20 years of dedicated service, Peretzman has decided to step down due to health reasons. His first project was the launch of the NES at a time when retailers had little interest in video games.

"From the launch of the original NES to our latest software phenomenon, Nintendogs, Randy has made significant contributions to the success of every new hardware and software launch," said Tatsumi Kimishima, Nintendo of America's president. "He will be greatly missed, and we wish him well."

"Randy's dedication to this company and enthusiasm for our products are unwavering," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing. "We have him to thank for so many of our successful sales initiatives and product launches."

Peretzman joined Nintendo as the company's first regional sales manager in New York. After hand-carrying NES prototypes from one New York retailer to another, he effectively helped re-launch the video game industry into the $10 billion industry it is today.

Peretzman relocated to the state of Washington in 1992 to take on the role of director of sales. In 1996, he was promoted to vice president of sales. In his current role, he has overall responsibility for the entire Nintendo of America sales department, including establishing the strategic direction and objectives for the division.

Prior to joining Nintendo, Peretzman spent several years as a vice president at a consumer electronics firm. He began his career in New York retail, working his way up from buyer to VP general merchandise manager over the course of 15 years. A native of New York, he is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

Upon his retirement, Peretzman plans to travel and spend time with his family.

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