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Mobile carrier NTT Docomo Inc. will look to rejuvenate its leadership team by appointing Senior Executive Vice President Kazuhiro Yoshizawa as new president and the successor to current Chief Executive Officer Kaoru Kato, company sources said Tuesday.

Yoshizawa, 60, joined Docomo’s predecessor in 1992 from parent Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. and has served in the current position since June 2014.

Yoshizawa, who will assume the new post after a shareholders meeting in June, will take the reins at a time when major mobile carriers are facing government pressure to change their business model, in which smartphones are given out virtually for free but subscribers have to pay a hefty price for their use.

The 64-year-old Kato has been Docomo president since 2012.

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