Earlier today, Microsoft announced that Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer of Xbox, will be leaving his Xbox position for greener pastures as Chief Product Officer at Sonos. Here’s more from the press release:
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.”
While Mr. Whitten will be leaving, the rest of the Xbox leadership team will remain and 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 can safely say that Mr. Whitten’s work has had a profound effect on my youth, as well as my adult career. He will be greatly missed, and we wish him the best of luck at his new position.