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South Korea’s top mobile messenger, KakaoTalk CEO, will step down.

Kakao Corp., the operator of KakaoTalk, South Korea’s largest mobile service, CEO resigns.

His resignation comes after a data center fire caused massive outages over the weekend and disrupted services for the broadcaster’s 53 million users worldwide. 

CEO Namkoong Whon apologized for the interruption and said he would resign. 

Source: Bloomberg

Seoul on Wednesday. “I feel a heavy burden of responsibility for this incident and will step down as CEO and lead the disaster task force overseeing the aftermath of the accident,” Namkoong said at a press conference at the company’s office on the outskirts of the city.

“We will do our best to restore our users’ trust in Kakao and ensure that such incidents never happen again,” he said, as translated by CNBC. In March, Namkoong was named CEO, according to the company’s website. Kakao had 47.5 million monthly active users in Korea in the second quarter. This is more than 90% of South Korea’s population of 51.7million as of November 1, 2021. 

Hong Eun-taek, who ran the company with Namkoong as CEO, remains the sole manager of the company enterprise application “We sincerely apologize to anyone who suffered from the disruption during the downtime,” Hong said as he bowed to Namkoong’s side.


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