Nexon America, which handles the North American operation of many free-to-play MMORPGs, including Riders of Icarus, Mabinogi, Maple Story, and more, is getting a new leader. MMORPG.com reports that CEO Rich Williams will be leaving the company at the end of the month. His replacement will be Jungsoo Lee, who has a long history with the company and various other developers.
As you can see from Lee’s LinkedIn page, he’s been with Nexon on and off since 2005. As co-founded of iCreate, he “Participated in development of creativity assesment tool: ICREAT (International CREativity Aptitude Test)” for 20 months in 2009-10 and served in various executive roles with SG Interactive/Ntreev USA and Gamevil USA. Since November 2014, he’s been the Executive Director at Nexon America. Overall, he’s spent nearly five and a half years with Nexon, most of that with Nexon America, and overseen live operations of many of its games.
It’s probably a good thing that Nexon is promoting someone from within who has extensive experience with its games. Even better that it’s someone who’s familiar with Nexon America and American gaming habits in general. For news of this type, we often hear about someone from outside the company — or outside gaming altogether — landing the gig. This transition seems like it will go much more smoothly and not result in major changes to the way Nexon America handles its games.