Reggie Fils-Aimé ’83, retired president and COO of Nintendo of America, is returning to Cornell as the inaugural Leader in Residence at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.
Fils-Aimé, who graduated with a degree in applied economics, will participate in a number of events and share leadership lessons and principles he has developed over his career. In his role this academic year, he will visit campus once per semester; his first visit will be Oct. 21, when he will give a public lecture at 7 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall.
Leaders in Residence is a component of the Dyson Leadership Program, which is designed to provide undergraduate business students co-curricular opportunities and meaningful touchpoints to strengthen their leadership abilities. Each academic year, the Leaders in Residence program will invite premier leaders, like Fils-Aimé, to Cornell’s campus, giving students the opportunity to learn about leadership firsthand though ongoing, personal interactions with leaders who represent various industries and sectors.
Fils-Aimé will meet one-on-one with students, lead small group discussions, lecture in Dyson courses and facilitate large workshops. These engagements will focus on leadership, conscious capitalism and service, while helping students develop critical-thinking skills and leadership behaviors.
“Reggie Fils-Aimé has accomplished so much in the business and technology worlds since attending Cornell, and we are honored he will be supporting a new generation of students poised to cultivate their own leadership skills,” said Lynn Perry Wooten, the David J. Nolan Dean of Dyson. “We appreciate his desire to give back to Dyson in a way that benefits our community, our students and, eventually, the world.”
Fils-Aimé retired from Nintendo in April 2019 after 15 years with the gaming company, which had record-breaking sales during his tenure from products like the Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch.
“I am thrilled to be working with Cornell and Dyson to support students in developing skills they will need to become tomorrow’s business leaders,” said Fils-Aimé. “Being able to give back to students is especially meaningful to me, and I hope that I can instill leadership values and lessons that are not only applicable for students now, but also as they grow and excel in their future endeavors.”
Sarah Magnus-Sharpe is director of public relations and communications at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.