Ebbe Altberg joins Linden Lab as CEO

LL logoPeter Gray has just informed me that on Wednesday February 5th, the board of directors of Linden Lab formally announced the appointment of Ebbe Altberg as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

The press release announcing his appointment reads in part:

SAN FRANCISCO — February 5, 2014 — Linden Lab®, the makers of Second Life®, BlocksworldTM, DesuraTM, and more, today announced that Ebbe Altberg will lead the company as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Ebbe Altberg (image courtesy of Linden Lab)

“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.”

The appointment brings to an end almost two weeks of silence on the matter of the CEO position, following Rod Humble’s surprise announcement that he had departed the company, which was made via his Facebook account, and the news broken by Jo Yardley on January 24th, 2014.

11 thoughts on “Ebbe Altberg joins Linden Lab as CEO

  1. Ok, hmm… we lost “Rod the Artistic Gamer”, who did so much to improve Second Life, now we get a heavy-weight social network expert as CEO.

    Ironically, Rod “branched out” LL (towards new products). Ebbe was BranchOut’s COOm (BranchOut is sort of a LinkedIn competitor). Before that, Ebbe was Yahoo’s VP and head of audience for Yahoo EMEA. So hmm. What will that mean for Second Life?


    1. Hopefully the new CEO won’t be a recluse and will understand the importance of community building.


    2. Actually, looking at his resume in detail, I wouldn’t necessarily dismiss his background or experience. I’ll have more on that later 🙂 .


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