Mitsuhiro Miyazaki has been promoted to the position of senior director, international games R&D for Konami Gaming. Miyazaki brings more than 20 years of engineering experience to this new role, in which he will be responsible for strategically developing innovative new products for Konami’s international gaming markets.
In this new role, Miyazaki will continue to report to Yuji Taniguchi, vice president, games R&D at Konami. Taniguchi and Miyazaki will work together to collaborate with Konami’s global product development teams in the United States, Australia and Japan.
Miyazaki will oversee an expanding international games R&D team that will focus on developing superior and unique products for distribution in established and emerging international markets. His team of dedicated engineers will handle software and hardware engineering, game development, sound and glass design, as well as patent and trademark management.
Miyazaki’s background includes a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Osaka University in Osaka, Japan, a Master of Science in Engineering from Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., and a Masters in Business Administration from TiasNimbas University in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He held numerous engineering roles at Hitachi, Ltd. and Renesas Technology Corporation before joining Konami.
OnSSI, the New Jersey-based developer of open-architecture, intelligent IP video surveillance software, has hired Abraham Peniche as regional manager for Mexico and Central America and Tim Rule as sales manager of the Central Region.
Peniche is accomplished in providing sales and technical support to the sales channel, having gained the experience in previous managerial positions with major industry vendors such as Observint and Tyco. As OnSSI’s regional manager, he will have responsibility for expanding market share for the Ocularis IP software platform, which has redefined the user experience for effectively and efficiently managing large amounts of video and data.
Rule has a strong background in video security solutions and an equally strong familiarity with the region, having served the majority of his professional career providing sales support to the many resellers, distributors, rep organizations and national accounts located in the territory.
Over the past 20 years, Rule has built a solid reputation on his technology expertise and his ability to support business growth and develop relationships. In his new position at OnSSI, he will be responsible for sales in multiple states across the central U.S.
RealNetworks, a Seattle-based creator of innovative products and services that make it easy for people to connect with and enjoy digital media, has appointed Atul Bali as president of its games division.
An industry veteran with more than 20 years of global experience, Bali will oversee RealNetworks’ games portfolio, which includes the Slingo brand, and the GameHouse and Zylom game distribution networks. Bali will relocate from the Las Vegas area to RealNetworks’ headquarters in Seattle.
Bali previously served as president and CEO of Aristocrat Technologies, the Americas subsidiary of Aristocrat. Prior to Aristocrat, Bali was CEO of XEN Group (now Disruptive Tech Ltd.). Before that role, he spent 13 years in executive leadership at GTECH, a leading provider of lottery management and gaming solutions. Bali ultimately served as president and CEO of GTECH G2—the company’s iGaming and server-based gaming division.
Wynn Resorts has hired respected community advocate and longtime Las Vegas resident Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher to the position of director of community relations.
In her role, Bluitt-Fisher will be responsible for the development and implementation of Wynn Resorts’ philanthropic and community relations endeavors including establishing charitable programs and partnerships within Wynn Resort’s charitable focus areas.
Most recently, Bluitt-Fisher served as the director of corporate philanthropy and community engagement for MGM Resorts International. In her role, Bluitt-Fisher was credited for implementing corporate programs that both educated and engaged the company’s employees on community needs and issues. In addition, she was responsible for overseeing the company’s charitable giving including the employee-based giving program, The MGM Resorts Foundation.
Previous to that, Bluitt-Fisher served as senior neighborhood services specialist for the City of Las Vegas where she was responsible for developing and administering grant programs as well as coordinating volunteer opportunities to engage citizens in improving their neighborhoods.
An active community member, Bluitt-Fisher has helped design several education and youth engagement programs that encourage youth to take ownership of their communities while also serving as a board member of The Public Education Foundation, the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition’s Committee on Homelessness, and the Las Vegas Urban League.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.