Head of studios Clive Downie named as new CEO

Ngmoco founders Young and Stevenson step down

The founders of mobile gaming company ngmoco have both stepped down from their roles as CEO and CCO of the company.

Neil Young and Bob Stevenson have left the publisher to “move on to their next adventure”, although no further details on what this may be have been revealed.

Young will remain on the DeNA board of directors whilst the firm during the transition, with head of studios Clive Downie named as the new CEO.

As well as being responsible for running ngmoco, Downie will also lead all Western operations of the company’s mobile social games platform Mobage.

"Over the last several years, I’ve had the opportunity to run many different parts of our organisation, which has afforded me full visibility into our operations," said Downie.

"As we move into our next stage of growth, with our business starting to fire on all cylinders here in the West, I’m incredibly excited about our prospects and our mission to become the number one social mobile platform company in the world.”

Young added: "We couldn’t be happier that Clive, our long time colleague and friend is taking the reins of the Western business by becoming the new CEO. Our confidence in Clive and the momentum of DeNA’s business in the West makes this the right moment for us to move on to our next adventure."

Downie has previously held roles as VP of marketing at EA, and was also responsible for running global consumer product brands at Mattel.

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