Konami has a new president

Shinji Hirano, the president of Japanese publisher Konami, is stepping down from his leadership. He’s to be replaced by Tomoyuki Tsuboi, a 14-year company veteran.

Tsuboi is a US resident, which could be key to increasing Konami’s success. The company’s NeverDead, out this week, hasn’t fared well critically and could well be in for a tough time commercially.

With the likes of Metal Gear Rising on the horizon, we’re hoping for big things from this publisher in 2012.