Another Xbox executive has quit as it was announced today that Marc Whitten, Microsoft's Chief Product Officer for the Xbox team, has departed. Whitten, a 14-year veteran of the Xbox team, is leaving for the position of CPO of wireless speaker producer Sonos. Marc's team, including Corporate VP Phil Spencer and Marketing VP Yusuf Mehdi, will report to Microsoft's Executive VP Terry Myerson and continue business as usual.
Marc Whitten put together a small public note about his departure from Microsoft:
"I started at Xbox on April 1, 2000, when the console was just a vision of what gaming could be. Over the last fourteen years, I’ve worked with an amazing team of highly passionate people who are driven to make gaming and entertainment the best experience for our Xbox fans. Since then, we’ve shipped over a hundred million consoles with tens of millions of people on Xbox Live. And, we are just getting started. There are amazing things on the horizon and I am so excited to see where this talented group of men and women will take Xbox."
Whitten was a part of all three of Microsoft's console launches, from the Xbox to the Xbox One, which is why his sudden departure is actually quite surprising. Certainly, the Xbox One has had its controversies, but there's really no argument that the console is off to a stellar start despite Sony's also impressive successes. 14 years of experience working on Xbox is one thing to lose, but it's another matter entirely to lose a man as dedicated to the Xbox brand as Whitten has been from the start.
We at Neoseeker wish Marc Whitten the best at his new role at Sonos and want to thank him for his long tenure helping to make so many outstanding games a reality. Xbox truly wouldn't be the powerhouse it is today without his leadership.
Make sure to follow Marc Whitten on Xbox Live, where his gamer tag is "notwen".