Long-time VP of Xbox Marc Whitten has left Microsoft for Sonos, where he’ll be serving as chief product officer.


Marc Whitten, Xbox Chief Product Officer and Corporate Vice President, announced that he would be leaving Microsoft after a 17-year tenure at the organization.

Originally in the Windows 2000 team, Whitten joined the Xbox division in 2000 and has served in key management positions. He was the architect behind the Xbox One console and also worked on the Xbox 360 and the original Xbox consoles. In addition to the consoles, he has worked on Xbox Smartglass and the Kinect program for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live services.

“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,”Whitten said in a statement on Xbox Wire. “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.”

Microsoft announced that the rest of the management team, including Phil Spencer, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Studios, will remain intact. Spencer and Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer, will now report to Terry Myerson. Myerson oversees software for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. The future of the Xbox division itself is in question, as there have been indications that Microsoft’s investors want the organization to do away with the entire division. The hierarchy of the Xbox division now sees Stephen Elop managing the hardware side of things while Myerson helms the software unit. Microsoft insider sources claim that there is uncertainty as to how committed Microsoft management is to Xbox, and that the Xbox team’s split across two divisions wasn’t the most optimal solution.

Source: Xbox Wire