Free-to-play game publisher Nexon has appounted Min Kim to the position of Chief Executive Officer of its North American business unit, Nexon America, effective September 1, 2012. Min Kim replaces Daniel Kim, who is relocating back to Seoul to take on new duties at Nexon.
"We thank Daniel for his many contributions and leadership in North America, and look forward to leveraging his talents in Korea to help continue to grow Nexon's business," said Seungwoo Choi, President and CEO of Nexon. "Looking ahead, Nexon is extremely well-positioned to capture the growth opportunities in North America enabled by the ongoing proliferation of high-speed broadband and the increasing popularity of the free-to-play business model. Min has been with Nexon America from the beginning and brings exceptional expertise, industry depth and leadership to this role. He is the right person to lead Nexon America forward."
Min Kim currently serves as Nexon America's Senior Vice President, Live Games, overseeing game production and marketing. In 2005, he helped establish Nexon America and launched MapleStory, which is the first commercially successful free-to-play, microtransation-based game in North America. Additionally, he has contributed to the growth of Nexon America's operations and its entire catalogue of games. Min also spearheaded the adoption of digital content cards at retail, including Nexon America's recently launched prepaid card platform, Karma Koin.
"I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to lead Nexon America," said Min Kim. "I look forward to working with our talented team to bring exciting and engaging game experiences to our players, and to drive Nexon's growth in this large and important region."
Min serves on the board for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, the Americas Advisory Board for the Merchant Risk Council and the board of advisors for the Game Developers Conference Online. Prior to Nexon, Min was an investment banking analyst in the media group of Salomon Smith Barney in New York. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics-Statistics from Columbia College.