JohnNeedham 04 May

Former CEO of both Cryptic Studios and Gazillion Entertainment, John Needham is now the new boss at Lionhead Studios.

“This is a historic time in our industry and I’m excited, and honoured, to be joining Lionhead and Microsoft Studios,” Needham told MCV. “Our vision is focused on building innovative gaming services and triple-A experiences at Lionhead, and the rest of Microsoft Studios, which take advantage of Microsoft’s incredible hardware and software platforms. Personally, I can’t wait to get started.”

Needham has over 12 years of experience working with MMOs, subscription based services, and free-to-play models.

“It’s my pleasure to welcome John Needham to Microsoft Studios and Lionhead,” Microsoft’s Entertainment corporate VP Phil Harrison added. “He brings a wealth of proven executive leadership experience in the online gaming space to the company and I know he will confidently lead Lionhead towards an ambitious online future.”

(via Joystiq)