Prompted by the retirement of Sega Sammy COO Okitane Usui, several executives at the company are moving up -- most notably Yakuza, Binary Domain
, and Super Monkey Ball
producer Toshihiro Nagoshi, who will be the company's Chief Creative Officer starting April 1. That seems like a good move, as Nagoshi's Yakuza
franchise is a rare success among Sega's products.
Taking over as President and COO is Naoya Tsurumi, who has previously served as CEO of Sega Europe and Sega of America, and has been General Manager of Sega International since 2010.