Kakao co-CEO resigns after fire incident that caused mass outage • ZebethMedia

Whon Namkoong, the co-chief executive of Kakao, has resigned from his position after a fire incident at a data center last week caused a mass outage at the South Korea’s top instant messaging app KakaoTalk.
Namkoong, who joined Kakao in 2015, was elevated to the co-CEO role this March. At a press conference Tuesday, he said the company will do its best to restore the faith of users. KakaoTalk is the most popular app in South Korea, reaching over 47 million of the nation’s 51.7 million population each month. The app is also used by government officials. Shares of Kakao tumbled on Monday but recovered slightly on Namkoong’s departure announcement.
Namkoong apologized for the mass outage “for such an extended period” and said at the conference that he feels “the heavy burden of responsibility” over the incident.
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