Marc Whitten Leaves Microsoft

Fourteen year Xbox veteran Marc Whitten announced earlier today via the Xbox Wire that he is leaving Microsoft. He was the Chief Product Officer at Microsoft, and he will be taking over the same position at Sonos.

Whitten has been with the company since 2000, and helped build the original Xbox and Xbox Live. He has also helped with the building of the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. Whitten isn’t the first company executive to step down this month.

“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. “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.”

The leadership team that Whitten oversaw is now under the control of Executive Vice President Terry Myerson. Myerson currently oversees the team that builds software for Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox.

The Xbox One has recently increased in sales due to the hit game, Titanfall. It is just always sad to see another industry legend leave, and we wish Mr. Whitten the best at Sonos.