GDC 14: Marc Whitten Leaves Xbox, Microsoft

Microsoft has confirmed that Chief Product Officer of Xbox Marc Whitten is leaving the company.  After 14 years of dedicated service to the Xbox team, he is leaving to become the Chief Product Officer of Sonos.

“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 in a statement on 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.”

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.”

Whitten’s team will now report to Terry Myerson, who oversees the team building cross-platform experiences for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox.

Marc Whitten was supposed to host a talk about Xbox One at the Game Developers Conference this week.  Due to his departure, Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Game Studios Vice President Phil Spencer will host instead.