David Rice, former VP of media properties at Yahoo, has officially announced his appointment as senior vice president and general manager of CBS Interactive Games.

Jim Lanzone, president of CBS Interactive, announced the news this morning in a press release, confirming a previous report by AllThingsD.

At Yahoo, Rice was responsible for numerous media properties including Yahoo! News, Finance, Sports, Movies, TV, and Games. Prior to that, he worked on the development of Hotmail and MSN Messenger for Microsoft.

In his new position at CBS, Rice will oversee operations for all of the company’s gaming properties, such as GameSpot, GameFAQs, Comic Vine, and the video game database Giant Bomb; eSports initiatives; and the GameSpot video network, which partners with Major League Gaming, Twitch TV, Own3d and others.

CBS Interactive ranks among the top 10 web properties in the world and the top 5 in the U.S. The games division alone attracts 25 million visitors per month.

“I love working with passionate audiences, and no group is more dedicated than gamers,” Rice said in a statement. “CBS Interactive has the industry’s best gaming brands, and I look forward to creating new experiences – especially in the areas of video and mobile.”