Phil Spencer has been promoted to head Microsoft's Xbox team from his previous role as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios. That is, he's moving from overseeing Microsoft's creative teams to overseeing all of Xbox within Microsoft. With 25 years of experience with Microsoft, including four spent in his previous role, there's truly no better applicant for head of Xbox.
Last July Don Mattrick left his role as President of Xbox and the team has been without a true single leader since that point. Spencer had been working in parallel with Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing and strategy officer, George Pecham, head of third-party relations, and Mike Angiulo, the VP of hardware development. Now, however, Spencer stands alone at the top.
A full written response was written by Phil Spencer to announce his promotion, in which he lays out the basic plan going forward. Well, a plan in PR speak, for what it's worth:
"This past year has been a growth experience both for me and for the entire Xbox team. We’ve taken feedback, made our products better and renewed our focus on what is most important, our customer. Our mission is to build a world-class team, work hard to meet the high expectations of a passionate fan base, create the best games and entertainment and drive technical innovation. As we continue forward, this renewed focus and mission will be a foundational part of how I lead the Xbox program."
Whether or not Phil Spencer's promotion to head of Xbox is related to the departure of Marc Whitten, who left his role as Xbox chief product officer for a similar job at audio manufacturer Sonos, is unclear. It would not be a surprise if Whitten, realizing he would not be getting the job, left the company in pursuit of more profitable endeavors.
Congratulations to Phil Spencer on his promotion. We at Neoseeker are excited about the direction Microsoft's Xbox team will be taking under Spencer's leadership and are looking forward to the Xbox One's future.