Another axe has dropped, but this time it falls on a Microsoft executive. Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer of Xbox, will be leaving to become Chief Product Officer of Sonos (wireless audio products). This has been confirmed by the Xbox Wire. Marc’s team will report to Terry Myerson, executive vice president, for the time being.
I have had the extreme pleasure over the last 14 years to work on the greatest product with the greatest team and for the greatest community. Xbox is so special because of the amazing team I’ve had the opportunity to work with and because our fans are the most incredible fans on the planet. It has been the highlight of my career to work on a product so loved. It’s incredibly tough to leave but I am confident the best days are ahead for Xbox fans, in the capable hands of a very talented team.
Marc Whitten leaving Xbox, therefore Microsoft, is just one of many changes the company has seen the past year. They have seen one CEO leave, another take over, and more specifically have seen Xbox’s leadership in Don Mattrick leave to take on the CEO role at Zynga. Heck, even his replacement in Julie Larson-Green was shifted to a new role in order for Nokia’s former CEO Stephen Elop to take over the Interactive Entertainment Business.
It’s an odd time to be a high-ranking executive of a major video game company. Jack Tretton just left his CEO role at Sony Computer Entertainment America, Marc Whitten leaves today. The industry is changing. Hopefully it is for the better, but that remains to be seen.
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