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Xbox VP Marc Whitten Says Goodbye to Microsoft

Posted by Anthony Bacchus

Moving on to newer things

Marc Whitten, Xbox's corporate vice president, has chosen to depart from Microsoft after 14 years to become Chief Product Officer of Sonos. Marc has been with the company since 2000 where he helped deliver the successful launches of the original Xbox, the Xbox 360, and the Xbox One in November of last year.

“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,” wrote Whitten, on a statement over at 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.”

Head of Microsoft Studios, Phil Spencer wished the best of luck to Marc Whitten while "looking forward to the next chapter of Xbox." With Whitten gone, the Xbox leadership team will be reporting to executive vice president of the operating systems group, Terry Myerson, who will oversee all software for Xbox and Windows platforms.

“I’m thankful for Marc’s leadership on Xbox and the incredible team he’s helped build,” said Terry Myerson. “I look forward to working with Yusuf, Phil and the rest of the team to find a great replacement.”

Marc Whitten's final day at Microsoft will be March 21st. We're feeling pretty sad over Whitten's departure, as he has been a long-time asset to the Xbox crew. We're all for shaking up the team, but it's hard not to take note at all of the recent changes in not only the Xbox team, but Microsoft as a whole.

[via news.xbox.com]

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User Comments (4)

Tasuki

#2

Tasuki said:

Wish him luck wherever he goes. This is going to be interesting though, first Jack Tretton leaves Sony and now Whitten leaves MS. Both of them had long careers at both places and I am sure there input during those beginning times with the PS and Xbox made them both what they are today. It will be interesting to see how these companies go from here.

kensredemption

#4

kensredemption said:

I can't help but feel that Tretton and Whitten are heading places that could be serious contenders next generation...

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