BK Linden has announced that Rod Humble is the new CEO of Linden Lab. The news came through Linden Lab Press Release homepage earlier on today announcing the new Linden Lab CEO. Rod Humble joins Linden Lab from Electronic Arts (EA), where he was Executive Vice President apparently.
Rod Humble will replace Mark Kingdon that left Linden Lab on 24th June 2010. Rod Humble starts as new CEO in mid-January 2011, in the first quarter of 2011. It’s going to be interesting what Rod Humble will bring to Second Life in upcoming months and years. Let’s hope things will pick up during 2011 for Second Life after this rough 2010 year.
Second Life’s New Leader: Rod Humble Becomes CEO of Linden Lab
MMO and Gaming Industry Visionary to Bring New Life to Second Life
SAN FRANCISCO — December 23, 2010 — Linden Lab®, creator of 3D virtual world Second Life®, today announced that Rod Humble has become the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Humble joins Linden Lab from Electronic Arts, where he was Executive Vice President for its EA Play label.
Humble’s 20-year career in the game development industry has included work on more than 200 games. In his most recent position at Electronic Arts, Humble headed the EA Play label, which includes the best-selling PC game franchise of all time, The Sims. In 2009, he was ranked #2 on the annual list of the Hot 100 Game Developers from gaming publication Edge. Prior to his work at Electronic Arts, Humble served as Vice President of Product Development at Sony Online Entertainment for the massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), EverQuest.
“Rod is a great new leader for Linden Lab,” said Philip Rosedale, Founder of Second Life. “Second Life has become a consistently large and profitable business with a thriving virtual economy built together with its passionate Resident community. This has always been a big, long-term vision, it is still early and there is enormous opportunity for growth. With Rod’s fresh insights and deep experience in creating and leading the development of fun, intuitive, immersive entertainment experiences that have attracted massive audiences of loyal users, he’s the right leader to understand what makes us special and bring the next level of growth to Second Life.”
“Joining Linden Lab is a very exciting opportunity,” said Humble. “I have a long standing interest in the how the boundaries of society and economics change as communications evolve in new ways. Second Life is unique: it sits at the intersection of virtual worlds, avatars, and human contact. The Residents and developers of Second Life have built something very special, I am honored to join the talented team at Linden Lab to help expand this new frontier.”
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