Konami Gaming, Inc. announced a series of key promotions surrounding its executive leadership team. Steve Sutherland has been appointed president & chief executive officer, succeeding Satoshi Sakamoto as he transitions to the role of senior executive director of the parent entity KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION. Sutherland has been a fundamental contributor to Konami’s establishment, growth and success since he joined the company in 2000, and now provides central leadership to all aspects of the organization in his role as president & CEO.
As President & CEO, Sutherland is responsible for directing all matters encompassing accounting, administration, compliance, sales, marketing, research and development, and service and support operations for both the games and systems divisions of Konami Gaming, Inc. His leadership drives the company’s direction, strategy, operations, and culture. During his tenure at Konami Gaming, Inc., he has been instrumental in the company's strong sales growth, profitability and strategic product direction. Mr. Sutherland also serves on the Konami Gaming, Inc. Board of Directors. Prior to joining Konami, Steve held senior executive positions with similar organizations in the industry.
Long-recognized for their commitment and contributions to Konami and the industry as a whole, the following executive appointments and promotions are also announced: Thomas A. Jingoli, executive vice president & chief commercial officer; Kazuya Kozuki, executive vice president & chief financial officer; Thomas Soukup, senior vice president & chief systems product officer; and Yuji Taniguchi, senior vice president & chief games product and strategy officer.
“From our company’s first game installation and systems implementation, Konami has worked diligently and responsibly to establish itself as one of the top four industry suppliers. Our success to date was created through the personal commitment, contribution, and longstanding tenure of its leadership team and employees who strive on a daily basis to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to fulfilling customer expectations,” said Steve Sutherland, president & CEO of Konami Gaming, Inc. “These appointments reflect a continued strengthening of our leadership team as we pursue the achievement of key strategic and operational objectives across the domestic and international markets we serve.”