David McLean, head of Microsoft's consumer channels group and, hence, the driving force behind Microsoft's game division in Australia, has resigned after 15 years with Microsoft.
"Microsoft can confirm that after 15 years with the business, including the past year as Consumer Channels Group (CCG) lead, David McLean has made the decision to leave the business to pursue other interests," read a statement from Microsoft. "He has made a strong contribution to the business and we wish him well for the future. The CCG business will report directly to Microsoft Managing Director, Pip Marlow, until a new appointment has been made."
David McLean's remit went beyond just games — he was also responsible for strategy in Windows PC, Windows Phones, and various other areas — but he was the face of Microsoft's Game Division in this country, so it's a shame to see him go.
Also, he presented myself and Tracey with our awards at this year's IT Journo awards — thanks for that David, and good luck with your future endeavours!