Marc Whitten leaves Microsoft after 14 years

Marc WhittenMarc Whitten, Chief Product Officer of Xbox, has left Microsoft.  In an announcement from both Microsoft and Whitten on Xbox Wire, it was revealed Marc will leave Xbox to becomes the Chief Product Officer of Sonos, the wireless speaker company.  Marc Whitten had been with Microsoft since 2000, where he oversaw the

“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,” said Whitten on Xbox Wire. “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.”

Microsoft has confirmed that the remainder of the Xbox leadership will remain intact, but will now report to Terry Myerson, executive vice president that oversees the teams building the software platform and experiences for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox.  Marc Whitten was scheduled to host an Xbox-centric chat with gamers at GDC, but that duty will now be passed onto Microsoft Game Studios VP, Phil Spencer.

We wish Marc Whitten the best in his future endeavors at Sonos.  His leadership was integral to the success of the Xbox over all these years.

by, Bobby Marquardt

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