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New CEO for Ngmoco as founders move on

New CEO for Ngmoco as founders move on

October 26, 2012 | By Mike Rose




Neil Young and Bob Stevenson, two of the original founders of mobile games company Ngmoco, have left the company to move on to other opportunities.

Ngmoco was founded in 2008, and is best known for the Rolando puzzle-adventure series. In 2010, the company was bought out by Japanese social games giant DeNA for $400 million.

Clive Downie (pictured), previously head of studios for the company, has now taken up the CEO role in place of Young. Young said that he will remain on the DeNA board of directors.

Prior to this CEO role and his work at Ngmoco, Downie served as vice president of marketing at Electronic Arts, and held management positions at toy company Mattel.

Isao Moriyasu, CEO at parent company DeNA, noted that Downie will now be tasked with driving the Mobage social gaming platform in the West.

As for Young and Stevenson, they are said to be supporting the executive transition, although neither has explained exactly what they are doing next, apart from "moving on to our next adventure."


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