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Dan Rosensweig to be named Guitar Hero CEO

The peripatetic tech exec, who has helped lead Ziff-Davis, CNET Networks, and Yahoo, will take over Activision Blizzard's Guitar Hero franchise.

Update at 6:10 a.m. PDT March 23: Activision makes it official.

Quadrangle Group partner Dan Rosensweig will be named CEO and president of Activision Blizzard's Guitar Hero franchise, CNET News has confirmed.

The pending appointment was first reported Sunday evening on AllThingsDigital. Rosensweig's appointment will be announced Monday morning, according to people familiar with the decision.

New Guitar Hero CEO and Bruce Springsteen fan Dan Rosensweig. Dan Farber/CNET News

Rosensweig spent 18 years at Ziff-Davis in a variety of senior sales and publishing roles, the last one as CEO of ZDNet, before its acquisition by CNET Networks in 2000. He then served as CNET's president before becoming chief operating officer at Yahoo in 2002 during the Terry Semel era. He left Yahoo in 2006 and then joined Quadrangle Group, a private investment firm, in 2007.

Since moving over to Quadrangle, Rosensweig has been content to remain off the center stage, though he often has been mentioned as a possible CEO candidate. His name came up during interregnums both at Yahoo and Facebook. But the lure of the Guitar Hero job struck the right chord as Rosensweig is known to be passionate about music.