Lane Merrifield (Billybob) Is Leaving Club Penguin
AllThingsD has declared Billybob’s resignation. Yes my friends, it’s official. After staying at Club Penguin for seven years, even after Club Penguin was sold to Disney, Lane Merrifield is leaving. This is a heartbreaker to many. Billybob is probably the most known penguin ever to exist as well. Below is a letter to Disney and his employers declaring his resignation.
Lane Merrifield (Billybob) Is Leaving Club Penguin (Letter)
To my friends at Disney:
Five years ago our little company joined Disney and I had no idea then what an amazing adventure it would turn out to be. Since that time, I have had the privilege of working alongside and learning from so many of you and the joy of creating great products together. I appreciate the opportunity and the faith this company placed in me and the ways it has allowed me to grow both as a leader and as a person. I am also grateful for the countless memories this company has created for me and my family. Our team has grown Club Penguin from a simple idea to being the largest global virtual world for kids for seven straight years while maintaining a significant profit margin. I am incredibly proud to have been a part of Club Penguin, and I know that it will continue to grow and thrive.
Like many entrepreneurs though, there comes a time when the desire to create something new outweighs the comfort of what’s known and for me that time has come.
Over the past year, I’ve invested in a new educational startup called FreshGrade that focuses on creating mobile cloud-based assessment software for teachers and students and it has reached a place where more of my time is needed. We started Club Penguin in order to enhance our children’s online experience and now I hope to do the same with their educational experience.
Thank you for the role you’ve played in my journey and I truly hope that even though my business card may change, my friendship with so many of you will not.
Some information that has not been mentioned in this letter to Disney is that his departure is immediate. Meaning, he is leaving right away. But he is also expected to help out until the transition is complete on February 1st, 2013. So we still have some time left to spend with him! Are you disappointed? Or excited to see what’s to come with Club Penguin? Let me know in a comment.