Satoru Iwata was the president of Nintendo at the time of his passing. He died on July 11, 2015 due a growth on his bile duct at the age of 55. Iwata was well known for his successes such as the Wii and DS but he was also known for his failures (Wii U and 3DS early launch). Regardless of his corporate resume, Iwata was better known for his infectious, friendly demeanor and his atypical presentation style. Not many presidents would reach out to their customers directly through a Nintendo Direct (one of the other things Nintendo created during his tenure), and few would do it in a Luigi hat.
Iwata was also a programmer/developer before becoming the first president of Nintendo that wasn’t related to the Yamauchi family. He is best known for a little game called EarthBound and also he worked on some Kirby games during his time at HAL Laboratory. He was also very prevalent in various Mario, Zelda, and Animal Crossing games.
My favorite quote from Iwata was during his keynote speech at GDC 2005. He stated:
“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”
A great quote from a great man and may his successor carry on his legacy.