New Japan Head
Microsoft announced that Yoshihiro Maruyama has been named the new
General Manager of the Xbox Division of Microsoft Japan.
Maruyama is a respected veteran of the gaming industry and is
credited with developing Square’s US marketing strategy. He also
served as a board member of Wonderland Inc. (formerly known as T&E
Soft Inc.). As a board member, Maruyama was responsible for the
agreement with the Walt Disney Co. to develop an online
entertainment service featuring popular Disney properties for the
Japanese and Asian markets.
Maruyama starts on October 1st, and will be reporting to
Peter Moore, the former Sega of America president and current
Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Worldwide Retail Sales and
Marketing in Japan and Europe for the Home and Entertainment
"Yoshihiro is going to be a tremendous asset to Microsoft and our
Moore said. "He has proven to be a stellar trans-Pacific talent
over the years, and he has a great depth of understanding of
Japanese and U.S. market issues as well as solid relationships with
many industry leaders."