Xbox chief Marc Whitten departs Microsoft for Sonos

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Microsoft has announced the departure of chief product officer of Xbox, Marc Whitten, after nearly fourteen years with the company.


After joining the Xbox team on April 1st, 2000, Whitten has contributed to the development and release of all three of Microsoft’s game consoles, as well as Xbox LIVE, most recently overseeing the launch of Xbox One in November 2013 and finishing up his work on a high note with the launch of Titanfall this month.

During Whitten’s tenure, Xbox LIVE has grown to 48 million users in 41 countries, Xbox 360 has sold 80 million units, and the original Xbox has sold 25 million. Whitten said of his time with Xbox:

“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. 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.”

As Whitten takes a job at wireless speaker company Sonos, the Xbox leadership team will report to Microsoft’s operating systems group executive vice president, Terry Myerson, as the search for a replacement for Whitten begins.

Here’s Whitten’s public note on his departure:

“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. One of the best parts of Xbox has been its fans. I want to thank you for making Xbox what it is today and what it will be in the future.

Since the beginning, it’s always been about gamers. In my heart, I am a gamer and Xbox has been my family. While today I am announcing my departure from Microsoft, I have the utmost confidence in this amazing team and our products.

“See you on Xbox.”

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