Atlus USA Teases Exciting Future Appointing New CEO and COO; Former CEO Will Lead Projects In Japan

Ian Curran and Tatsuyuki Miyazaki will take on new roles at the top of Atlus USA, while Naoto Hiraoka will focus on Japan to lead "exciting" projects.

By Giuseppe Nelva

October 1, 2018

Today Sega announced some changes at the top of Atlus USA.

Recently-appointed Sega of America Chief Operating Officer and President Ian Curran will also take on the same role at Atlus USA. On the other hand, Sega West Chief Executive Officer Tatsuyuki Miyazaki will also assume the role of CEO of Atlus USA. Basically, both executives will mirror their Sega roles at the top of Atlus USA as well.

On the other hand, firmer Atlus USA CEO Naoto Hiraoka will take on a new role as Atlus’ brand owner. He will “move forward leading many of the company’s important creative projects.”

Hiraoka-san accompanied the press release with a comment, promising more exciting projects from Atlus in Japan.

“I’m so proud of the work we’ve done at Atlus U.S.A., Inc. and Mr. Miyazaki and Mr. Curran will continue to guide the company to even greater success. I look forward to creating more exciting projects with the creative team at ATLUS in Japan, and wish my colleagues the best of luck growing the business in the Americas and EMEA.”

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We also learn that Hiraoka-wan will remain on the board of both Atlus USA and Sega of America.

We also get a comment from Curran, who mentioned the successful year enjoyed by the two sister companies, and the fact that there is much more to look forward to.

“I’m eager to grow my role as the new President and COO of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. and greatly appreciate the support that Mr. Hiraoka has given me up to this point. Across the SEGA and ATLUS families, we’ve had an incredibly successful year, and there is still so much to look forward to.”

Miyazaki-san also commented, mentioning his eagerness to play a greater role in the success of Atlus USA.

“We wish Mr. Hiraoka the very best of luck in his role and are thankful that he’ll still be a valuable asset to the ATLUS team I’m thrilled to play a greater role in the continued success of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. and work alongside Ian, who has done an incredible job in just a couple of short months in his role as President and COO of SEGA of America.”
Sega and Atlus have certainly been extremely successful over the past year and more, with many games that made western fans proud of the support they give to Japanese games. It’ll be interesting to see where the renewed leadership, both in the west and in Japan, will take the twin brands.
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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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