Phil Spencer To Be The New Head Of Xbox
Microsoft has revealed that Phil Spencer will take over for March Whitten as the new head of Xbox. Whitten recently departed Microsoft and served as Xbox corporate VP for 11 years.
The former head of Microsoft Game Studios explained his new role in a statement, saying he’ll oversee Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios.
“I will now be leading the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios as we deliver the next generation of games and entertainment,” he wrote. “Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world’s most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself. I am incredibly proud of the talented Xbox employees around the world and believe, like they do, in the power of technology to bring games and entertainment to life across console, PC, tablet and mobile devices.
“The growth of the Xbox community, with over 80 million Xbox owners around the world, is built on the foundation of exclusive franchises, new and original IP and the world’s most popular cross-platform games. Games and gamers have always been at the core of Xbox and the core of my work – and gaming will be our core as we take Xbox forward.
“This past year has been a growth experience both for me and for the entire Xbox team. We’ve taken feedback, made our products better and renewed our focus on what is most important, our customer. Our mission is to build a world-class team, work hard to meet the high expectations of a passionate fan base, create the best games and entertainment and drive technical innovation. As we continue forward, this renewed focus and mission will be a foundational part of how I lead the Xbox program.”
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella provided his reason for Spencer’s promotion explaining, “Combining all our software, gaming and content assets across the Xbox team under a single leader and aligning with the OSG team will help ensure we continue to do great work across the Xbox business, and bring more of the magic of Xbox to all form factors, including tablets, PCs and phones.”