Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer of Xbox, Marc Whitten, will be leaving the company to fill the role of Chief Product Officer for Sonos. The remainder of the Xbox team will remain intact with Whitten’s team now reporting directly to Terry Myerson, executive vice president that oversees the teams building the software platform and experiences for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox.
In a statement on the matter, Whitten said he has had the extreme pleasure over the last 14 years to work on the greatest product with the greatest team and for the greatest community. He added that it’s been the highlight of his career to work on the Xbox team and it is incredibly tough to leave but he is confident that the best days are ahead for Xbox fans.
Whitten joined the Microsoft team in 2000 and helped launch the original Xbox, the Xbox 360 and the recent Xbox One.
The departure is the latest in the ongoing executive shuffle at Microsoft. Former Xbox chief Don Mattrick left the company to become the CEO of Zynga last July while former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced intentions to retire a month later. It wasn’t until last month that the Redmond-based company named Satya Nadella as their new chief executive officer.
We’re still waiting to hear confirmation on the move from Sonos although I have no reason not to believe Microsoft. It’ll no doubt be an interesting change of pace for Whitten as the two companies couldn’t be further apart in terms of what they deliver to consumers.