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Bill Ireton, long-time head of Warner Bros. activities in Japan, is to step down in March next year.

Another Warner veteran Millard Ochs, comes out of retirement and is appointed head of Japanese operations, starting next month giving a three month overlap with the departing Ireton.

Ireton joined Warner Japan in 1988 and has been its president and representative since 2006. His departure was not fully explained and his next move was not announced.

“I’m proud to be leaving on a high note and know the company is in good hands and will continue to flourish,” Ireton said in a Warner statement.

This year will mark WEJ’s most profitable year since 2009. Successes have included box office hits “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” and “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, which are expected to gross nearly $90 million.

Ochs served as president, Warner Bros. International Cinemas, from 1994 until his retirement in 2013 when Warner Bros. exited the overseas cineplex business. During his last five years with WBIC, Ochs spent almost half of his time in Japan.