Reggie Fils-Aime is returning to his alma mater, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, to pass along some of the knowledge he has amassed over decades of executive experience in the food, entertainment and video games industries. It's the first new role for Fils-Aime since he stepped down as president of Nintendo of America earlier this year.
Fils-Aime has been appointed as the first Leader in Residence at Cornell's Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the same school Fils-Aime earned his bachelor's degree at in 1983. The school's new leadership program is built around having accomplished leaders like Fils-Aime come to campus once each semester to lead a workshop and meet with students in groups and one-on-one.
The first lecture in the program, "Reggie's Principles for Next Generation Leaders," is scheduled for the evening of October 21 and will be open to the public. Shortly after stepping down from Nintendo, Fils-Aime delivered a keynote speech titled "The Innovator's Rulebook For Breaking the Rules" at Cornell, where he touched on lessons learned over the entire span of his career. Given the nature of the residency and his breadth of experience, Fils-Aime won't be administering Econ 101 exams or only lecturing on video games industry topics.
Before joining Nintendo of America in the early 2000s, Reggie worked in marketing and sales roles at a variety of companies including VH1, Pizza Hut, and Guinness. In his 13-year run as president of Nintendo of America, Fils-Aime helped invigorate Nintendo's brand as one of its most public faces whilst guiding the company through the highs and lows of several product cycles. Known just as Reggie (or the Regginator if you prefer) to Nintendo fans and throughout the industry, Fils-Aime received an outpouring of support and well-wishing when he announced his departure.
Fils-Aime was succeeded as president by Doug Bowser, who recently appeared in the company's E3 Nintendo Direct presentation alongside the Koopa he shares a name with.
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