Xbox head Whitten departs for Sonos

March 18, 2014 // 10:29 a.m.

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Xbox head Marc Whitten has officially ended his 14-year career leading Microsoft's gaming division with the news that he's leaving to take on a new role at network audio specialist Sonos.

Whitten was a member of the original Xbox team back in 2000, and has been involved with the brand ever since. Overseeing all three generations - Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One - of Microsoft's console programme, Whitten has decided to move on and is to become the chief product officer at Sonos.

'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, claimed Whitten in a statement to press and customers. '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.'

'I’ve had the pleasure of working with Marc for more than a decade and he has always led Xbox forward with a focus on our fans and delivering a platform that developers and creators can embrace to deliver incredible games and entertainment,' claimed head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer of Whitten's tenure. 'We wish Marc well, while looking forward to the next chapter of Xbox.'

The Xbox team will now report directly to Terry Myerson, whose expanded role now sees him leading Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox software platform development. This, however, is temporary, with Microsoft indicating it will be seeking a permanent replacement for Whitten in the near future.

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