Naoki Aoyagi, ex-head of GREE International, has just been named the new CEO of Openfeint. Aoyagi will be replacing Jason Citron as he moves on to pursue other endeavors. While sudden shifts to the chief executive role occasionally appear out of left field, Aoyagi has been with GREE, Openfeint’s parent company for 5 years, having joined in 2006. More after the jump.
Aoyagi previously worked at Deutsche Bank and has 10 years of experience in financial operations as well as heavy involvement with technology and media. Word is that OpenFeint and GREE will be proposing plans to incorporate their corresponding US offices later in the month.
While OpenFeint is dominant on the iOS platform, we reported Openfeint’s plans to add 230 games onto Android devices within the next few months. Openfeint enables players to join leaderboards, play with friends, and win awards. Earlier in the summer, the company announced GameFeed, newsfeed style updates similar to Facebook’s, on mobile.
With aims to encourage social competition, OpenFeint seeks to foster a greater community feel on mobile, a platform with great social potential that has yet to be fully realized. Not everyone has time to share their top score on Facebook. GameFeed automates this process, allowing further social integration with the player’s community. This service came into fruition under Citron’s leadership. Now, with Aoyagi at the forefront of the company, it will be interesting to see how he presides over Openfeint’s forthcoming innovations.
“In just over 24 months, OpenFeint has grown to over 120 million users across 7,000 games. I thank Jason for his leadership growing the company and wish him well in his new adventures,” said Naoki Aoyagi, CEO of OpenFeint. “I’m excited to lead OpenFeint through its next phase of growth.”
OpenFeint is the largets social mobile gaming network in the world, according to the way they measure their numbers, that is. Compared to DeNA’s 90 million registered users, OpenFeint has amassed a base of 120 million players and 7000 games. A subsidiary of GREE, Inc., one of the top mobile social network in Japan, OpenFeint continues to sweep market share. For more information, visit http://openfeint.com/developers.