Marc Whitten is a name you may not be familiar with, but it’s a name that’s had a huge impact on console gaming. He’s been with Microsoft since 1997 and had the most impact on the Xbox when he joined that team in 2000. After 14 years working on Xbox, Marc is departing for consumer electronics company Sonos.
Marc leaves behind a legacy that saw the Xbox brand grow to over over 48 million members on Xbox Live and millions of console sales for the Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
This past September Marc took on the role of leading the entire Xbox team at Microsoft. He reported directly to Terry Myserson, who is the EVP of the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft. At Sonos, Marc will become Chief Product Officer.
Marc was unique in that he engaged directly with the community. He’s well known for playing games with the players on Xbox Live. He even took time out to reply to a member of the Windows Phone Central forums last year.
Here’s Marc on 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.”
Good luck to Marc on his future work at Sonos. How about an official Sonos app for Windows Phone? ;)