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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 13 Nintendo Co Ltd's
7974.OS U.S.-based marketing chief said on Thursday he is
leaving the company, confirming months of speculation the video
game giant will lose one of its most seasoned veterans.
In June, rumors flew that George Harrison and other top
executives would leave Nintendo of America following a decision
by the company to move its sales and marketing staff from
Redmond, Washington to San Francisco and New York.
"I have confirmed to all employees that I will be leaving
at the end of December and not making the move to California,"
Harrison told Reuters by telephone.
Harrison has been with Nintendo since 1992 and his decision
comes as the Japanese company is riding high on the success of
its Wii video game console and DS handheld device, which
compete with products from Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Sony
Harrison did not say what he will do after he leaves