Despite rough economy, Linden Lab adds two new VPs

The has not slowed Linden Lab's expansion. The parent company of Second Life announced Tuesday that it has added two new vice presidents to its management ranks.

Linden Lab announced in a press release that Brian Michon has been named vice president of core development, and Judy Wade has been named vice president of strategy and emerging business.

Michon comes to Linden Lab from Intuit, where he was vice president of engineering. At Linden Lab, he will be responsible for managing the team that oversees hosted services and the Second Life platform, says the company. Linden Lab has been concentrating on improving the scalability, stability, and interface of the virtual world, which requires additional staff and infrastructure investments. Michon is the fourth VP-level technology hire in the past year.

Wade is a former McKinsey & Company partner and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Kapor Enterprises, which was founded by Linden Lab director Mitch Kapor. According to the Linden Lab press release, Wade will "advise on Linden Lab's overall business strategy, including acquisitions and partnerships, and will identify new opportunities to grow the business in key vertical and geographic markets."

Ginsu Yoon, who until recently , is now VP of corporate development, according to the Linden Lab website. A PR spokeswoman was not aware of any other executive changes at the company, but said that the company has grown to more than 300 employees.

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