Line’s COO Becomes Its New CEO As The Messaging Company Targets Global Growth


Fresh from launching its payment service and buying MixRadio from Microsoft, Japan-based messaging app Line has announced a change at the top with current COO Takeshi Idezawa taking over from Akira Morikawa as CEO.

Line was founded by parent company NHN Japan, and though both Idezawa and Morikawa are its two directors neither is a company founder. Line said Morikawa had “notified” of his decision to leave as his current contact comes to a close, but will remain an advisor. Idezawa has been appointed CEO on temporary basis until the position is approved at the next shareholders’ and board of directors’ meeting in March 2015.

That’s a pretty complicated process in line with the company’s background. Morikawa headed NHN Japan — the Japanese branch of Korean internet giant Naver — as CEO from 2007. In addition to stints heading up games and search businesses, NHN Japan ultimately created Line, which was later spun off and given a…

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