Japanese internet company Mixi today announced its financial report for the previous quarter. But they also announced that their CEO, Yusuke Asakura, will step down, appointing Hiroki Morita, general manager of the game department as the new CEO, effective after the scheduled shareholder meeting on June 24th.
According to the company, the huge success of its gaming apps (like Monster Strike) have helped them return to profit, despite the prediction that the company might show a $10 million loss in the fiscal year ending this March. They appointed the new CEO as part of their shifting from a recovery phase to a “re-growth” stage.
Asakura was appointed as the CEO just last June. Prior to joining Mixi back in 2011, he had been running the startup Naked Technology, subsequently acquired by Mixi. His former colleagues include Miku Hirano, whose startup Spicy Cinnamon recently announced a new round of funding, as well as a new photo app.