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May 2, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Nintendo hires Starbucks exec

Redmond-based Nintendo of America is getting an extra shot with the hiring of a former Starbucks executive.

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The company today is announcing that it hired Robyn Corr as its new vice president of human resources. Corr was previously vice president of partner resources at Starbucks, where she worked since 1998.

Corr’s hiring is one of several executive changes happening at Nintendo, which is trying to regain its footing after a slow start with its Wii U console.

Last week Satoru Iwata, president of the Kyoto-based company, took on the additional role of chief executive of Nintendo of America, headquarters for its business in the Western Hemisphere. Reggie Fils-Aime remains president and chief operating officer in Redmond.

The former chief executive in Redmond, Tatsumi Kimishima, is transferring to Kyoto. He’ll be general manager of corporate analysis and administration, and general manager of the general affairs division, replacing two retiring executives.

Corr will report to Flip Morse, NOA’s senior vice president of corporate resources. She’s a graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas and has an MBA from City University in Bellevue.

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