Changes are in the works at Aruze Gaming America, Inc. (including Aruze Gaming Ltd). The resignation of Chairman and CEO Takahiro Usui heralds a new era.
He held the position for fourteen years, playing an vital role in promoting the brand as a leading innovator in the gaming world. According to Rich Pennington, Vice Chairman of the Board,
“The Board collectively would like to thank Takahiro for his incredible efforts and accomplishments while at Aruze and we wish him well in all his future endeavors…
We look forward to a continued personal relationship with him as he is a great friend to all of us.”
Almost simultaneously with the departure of Usui, the company is promoting Masumi Fujisawa, Vice President of Product Development, to the position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer. This promotion reflects the company’s belief that success in the gaming industry is driven by distinctive products that outperform those of the competition.
Azure firmly believes Masumi’s leadership and product innovation have resulted in Aruze’s garnering top slot product awards. In fact, it havs four of the top 25 performing games in a recent game performance analysis in a US publication.
Among the announcements is the promotion of CFO/CSO, Mr. Yugo Kinoshita to the position of Chief Executive Officer. He will remain on the Board of Directors. His response has been enthusiastic.
“It is with great honor that I accept the role of Aruze’s new Chief Executive Officer.
I am excited for the future of the company and look forward to continuing the momentum of success that the organization is currently experiencing.”
Finally, Hiromi Okada has been welcomed as a Member of Azure’s Board of Directors. She is expected to offer balance and a fresh perspective to help the company stay in front of the innovation curve.