Nintendo President Satoru Iwata dies
General News — 13 July, 2015
Iwata began working at Nintendo in the 1980s, and in 2002 was appointed as President. In 2013 he became CEO of Nintendo of America and was the face of Nintendo Directs.
Iwata has had a huge influence on Nintendo and the Pokémon series in particular. He was involved with the development of Pokémon Stadium, and was a vital part of the development of Pokémon Gold & Silver, compressing the game's data enough such that the Kanto region could be included. In later years he was the Executive Producer of Ruby/Sapphire, Emerald Version, FireRed/LeafGreen and Diamond/Pearl.