Microsoft has announced that Chief Product Officer of Xbox, Marc Whitten, is leaving the team to become the CPO of Sonos, a company that makes wireless audio products.
Whitten had been on the Xbox team since 2000, helping launch all three consoles and helping build 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, Head 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 games and entertainment. We wish Marc well, while looking forward to the next chapter of Xbox.”
According to Microsoft, the rest of the Xbox team will remain intact, and Whitten’s team will now report to Terry Myerson, the executive vice president for 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.”
It should be noted that the timing is a bit odd, considering Whitten was scheduled to host a chat regarding the Xbox One at this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.