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M17 Group Officially Appoints MR. Hirofumi Ono, Its Japan CEO, as Global CEO

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M17 Entertainment Limited (“M17”), the operator of Japan’s No.1 live streaming platform, “17LIVE”,  announced that Mr. Hirofumi Ono (“Hiro”), who led M17’s business strategy and phenomenal growth in Japan, has been appointed as Global CEO of M17.  Under Hiro’s leadership, M17 will aim to continue growing into a global live streaming platform.

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M17 has expanded from its beginnings in Taiwan to now include Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, the United States and the Middle East. With its recent rapid growth in Japan, which is now 17LIVE’s largest market, M17 believes it can pioneer the next evolutionary step in the live streaming industry. Joseph Phua, M17’s chairman and former CEO, said: “I am very excited about Hiro’s transition from Japan CEO to group CEO. Hiro built our Japan business from scratch in 2017. Japan is now our largest revenue contributor while M17 is by far the dominant live streaming player in the market. I am looking forward to M17’s continued growth, both in Japan and internationally, under Hiro’s leadership.”

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Hirofumi Ono said, “Back in 2017, I had the challenge to launch the business of 17LIVE in Japan. But I always strongly believed that the future of the live streaming industry would be an exciting one. In the past three years, under Joseph’s strong leadership, M17 has established itself as the No.1 live streaming platform in Japan, across much of Asia and continues to expand its business globally. In 2020, the world is facing unprecedented uncertainty due to the threat of coronavirus. At such a time, I am honored to become the global CEO of M17, and I have strong faith that by working with our global teams we together can lead the company to become the No.1 live streaming platform in the world. We live today in an exciting time thanks to technologies that make live communications possible. Our company’s mission statement of ‘Empower Artists, Entertain the World’ reflects our determination to use these technologies to provide a world-wide stage to our users so they are both empowered and entertained.”

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