Shuji Utsumi has been appointed as President/COO and CEO of Sega America and Europe.
The change was announced by Sega’s parent company Sega Sammy on Wednesday.
He also helped launch the Sega Dreamcast outside of Japan, and served as the executive producer of dozens of Sega’s classic hits.
Utsumi originally departed Sega in the early 2000s, where he went on to work at Disney Interactive. Utsumi is said to have been vital in bridging the gap between Disney and Square Enix to establish the Kingdom Hearts franchise.
Utsumi would then founded Q Entertainment with Tetsuya Mizuguchi, who he developed a relationship with during his time at Sega working on Rez.
Utsumi returned to Sega in 2020, serving as the CSO of Sega of Japan, as well as the general manager of Sega’s Game Contents & Service Business HQ. His most recent title was Co-COO, President of Consumer Game and Transmedia, Representative Director, CEO, Sega of America, Inc. Chairman, Sega Europe Ltd.
Sega recently provided some new details about its reboots of classic titles.
At The Game Awards in December, the company said it was developing new entries in the Jet Set Radio, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Shinobi and Crazy Taxi series.
Using the slogan “Power the Next Level”, Sega released a debut trailer showing all five games in action.