Looks like it’s Microsoft’s turn to lose a long-time executive employee: Marc Whitten, the Xbox chief product officer has resigned from the company. This comes just more than a week after Sony experienced a similar high-profile departure from their PlayStation brand: SCEA CEO Jack Tretton.
Whitten has been at the forefront of the Xbox brand ever since the first Xbox console launched in November of 2001. He was also instrumental in establishing Xbox LIVE and ushering in subsequent console iterations: the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
“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,” Whitten said via the official Xbox news site, 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.”
Terry Myerson will be taking over the leadership role that Whitten filled. Myerson is the executive vice president for the teams responsible for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox software.
Whitten has left Microsoft to join electronics company Sonos, where he will become their chief product officer.