Microsoft has announced that Xbox Chief Product Officer Mark Whitten has departed the company after fourteen years, a time frame in which he oversaw three different generations of Xbox consoles launch. He will be taking up the position of Chief Product Officer at Sonos, a home audio company.
“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 through the 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.”
Head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer also commented on Whitten’s departure, stating, “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.”
The rest of Xbox’s leadership will remain intact, and they will report to Executive Vice President Terry Myerson.