The CEO of mobile gaming company DeNA, Tomoko Namba, has announced she will step down as head of the firm in order to take care of her sick husband.
Namba is one of Japan’s few female business leaders in Japan, a country that sometimes struggles with gender equality.
The former CEO and founder of DeNA said that she would continue to work with the company as an adviser and board member after quitting her position on June 25 after the company’s annual shareholders meeting.
Namba will be replaced by Isao Moriyasu, the 37-year-old COO of the company.
DeNA runs Japan’s immensely successful Mobage, a social gaming site for cell phones, an operation that Moriyasu has overseen since it was launched five years ago. The site now boasts more than 20 million users.
DeNa is planning an aggressive expansion into the U.S. market after purchasing the company ngmoco last October, and Namba will continue to advise on strategy relating to that venture.
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