Ebbe Altberg is Linden Lab’s new CEO
On January 25, I had reported that Rod Humble was no longer Linden Lab’s CEO. His resignation caused quite a stir in the Second Life-related blogosphere, with the usual amount of speculation as to why he resigned, what the future holds for the Lab and Second Life (this, of course, included a good deal of “the sky is falling” commentary), and who should/would replace him.
Today, white smoke rose from the chimney of LL’s conclavium and we can finally say “Habemus CEO“. A few hours ago, I saw on Jo Yardley’s blog the news that Ebbe Altberg was appointed to be Linden Lab’s new CEO. The Lab itself also issued a press release to announce this.
I quote part of the announcement:
SAN FRANCISCO — February 5, 2014 — Linden Lab®, the makers of Second Life®, Blocksworld™, Desura™, and more, today announced that Ebbe Altberg will lead the company as its new Chief Executive Officer.
“We remain committed to world-changing innovation from Linden Lab,” said Jed Smith of the company’s Board of Directors. “We’re keenly focused on providing incredible experiences for all of our customers, and Ebbe is the perfect person to help lead our team as we continue to serve and grow our global audience of active users.”
“Linden Lab has long been at the forefront of building experiences that entertain people while empowering them to express themselves and profit from their creations,” said Altberg. “Our customers’ creativity is unparalleled, and I’m proud to join the talented team that serves them. Second Life is now in its eleventh year, and every day, users continue to create more and more amazing experiences to enjoy. Though much younger, Blocksworld has already seen hundreds of thousands of unique user-created worlds shared for everyone to play with. I’m absolutely committed to supporting our customers and helping them become even more successful. There are significant opportunities ahead, and I look forward to leading us into the next phase of growth.”
As Inara Pey points out, this announcement puts an end to roughly two weeks of silence on the Lab’s part after Mr. Humble’s resignation. I also want to remind everyone that Mr. Humble announced his resignation from his position as LL’s CEO on his Facebook account and broke the news to Jo Yardley on January 24th. Personally, I choose to refrain from commenting on what lies ahead for Linden Lab and Second Life with Mr. Altberg at the helm, as I’m not familiar with his previous work and also because I’d rather not pass judgement before I see what he does with the company. As a Second Life user and enthusiast, I hope that his tenure will be one that will improve Second Life for its users and will make it more successful. I also hope that he will make the entire portfolio of Linden Lab more successful.