Marc Whitten leaves Xbox team

Marc Whitten leaves Xbox team
James Batchelor

By James Batchelor

March 18th 2014 at 12:30AM

Microsoft confirms chief product officer’s departure, ending a 14-year career at the platform holder

Marc Whitten, chief product office of Xbox, has left the firm.

The exec has worked at Microsoft for 14 years, and now heads to audio firm Sonos to take up the same role. Whitten’s team will now report directly to EVP Terry Myerson until a direct replacement is found, according to CVG.

Joining Microsoft in 2000, Whitten has helped launch all three Xbox consoles and was instrumental in the launch and growth of Xbox Live.

“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,” said Microsoft Studios corporate VP Phil Spencer.

“We wish Marc well, while looking forward to the next chapter of Xbox.”

Whitten added: “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. 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 very talented team.”