Los Angeles, CA (August 8, 2005) Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square EnixTM interactive products in North America, today announced the appointment of Daishiro Okada as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Okada has also been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors for Square Enix, Inc. The appointment of Mr. Okada is part of efforts to expand business in the North American market.
Mr. Okada joined Square Enix Co., Ltd. in January 2005 in role of Senior Executive. Prior to joining Square Enix, Mr. Okada was Representative Director and Chief Operating Officer for a Japanese technology-company. Mr. Okada has also built a successful career as a banker at Deutsche Bank AG Group Japan and The Industrial Bank of Japan (currently, Mizuho Financial Group).
"Mr. Okada is a seasoned executive who will be a key force in capturing the full potential of Square Enix's abundant collection of high quality digital content," said Yoichi Wada, President, Square Enix Co., Ltd. "With the landscape of the industry moving at an extremely quick pace, his extensive experience as a corporate executive and rich background in both the technology and financial sectors will successfully lead our North American business."
Mr. Ichiro Otobe, the former President and Chief Operating Officer will leave Square Enix, Inc. and assume new responsibilities at Square Enix Co., Ltd.
About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises - FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 60 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUESTTM, which has sold over 40 million units worldwide - under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.
Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing, and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com/
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