Xbox Executive Marc Whitten Leaving Microsoft After 14 Years

Xbox Executive Marc Whitten Leaving Microsoft After 14 Years

Microsoft just announced that Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer of Xbox, will be leaving the company to take up a role with wireless audio company Sonos.

The full statement is below:

Following the launch of Xbox One, the most successful launch in Xbox history, and the recent launch of "Titanfall," the most anticipated game of this generation, the Xbox team is sad to share today that Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer of Xbox, will be leaving the team to become Chief Product Officer of Sonos.

Marc joined the Xbox team in 2000 and delivered three console generations, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Xbox, along with helping to build Xbox Live and making it one of the world's top online communities with 48 million members in 41 countries. Xbox One is off to the hottest start in Xbox history, Xbox 360 has sold 80 million consoles and the original Xbox sold 25 million units. Many of you have enjoyed his letters to the community over the years and playing with him on Xbox Live.

"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. "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."

Phil Spencer, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Studios, said "I've had the pleasure of working with Marc for more than a decade and he has always led Xbox forward with a focus on our fans and delivering a platform that developers and creators can embrace to deliver incredible entertainment. We wish Marc well, while looking forward to the next chapter of Xbox."

The remainder of the Xbox leadership team will remain intact and Marc's team will report to Terry Myerson, executive vice president that oversees the teams building the software platform and experiences for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. "I'm thankful for Marc's leadership on Xbox and the incredible team he's helped build," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the operating systems group. "I look forward to working with Yusuf, Phil and the rest of the team to find a great replacement."

"Marc played a pivotal role in building the Xbox business over the last 14 years and has been a great partner for me personally," said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, "Marc has built a very strong and passionate team that has delivered innovative technology for game and entertainment fans. Our fans will continue to inspire us to do great work on their behalf."

You can continue to play with Marc on Xbox Live under the gamertag notwen.


    Lately with the talk of staff reshuffling, investors with different visions and a few big names "retiring" from the company...
    I can't help but feel some big changes are coming from MS (Good or bad)

      I think the re-structuring is done or nearly done, which is why Mattrick left. If he stayed, he would be running the whole hardware division. Stephen Elop is supposed to be running it now if not soon and you just gotta look at his track record when he was running Nokia- 40% loss in revenue, profits down 95%, share price dropped 60% in value and Nokia's market share went from 34% to just 3.4%.

      Really hope that idiot keeps his hands out of Xbox and leaves it to Spencer and Mehdi, etc.. At least MS hasn't had to scrap projects and lay off staff at their studios like Sony have had to do recently.

        What on earth are you talking about? Microsoft is constantly laying off staff from projects and scraping projects themselves all the time, that's the nature of the business. In fact they are one of the leading companies when it comes to the sheer number of people being hired and fired in the US. (It may be balancing, but hiring one person doesn't exactly mean the other was any less fired)

        It's also no secret that many people "leaving" MS are doing so to avoid being let go to begin with, or that MS has a habit of "selling" it's staff to make profit on top of profit from downsizes.

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