Industry veteran Marc Whitten spearheaded the launch of Xbox and Xbox 360. Xbox Kinect Creative Director Kudo Tsunoda may fill in his shoes
Microsoft’s Xbox division is undergoing a change. According to an Xbox news announcement, Chief Product Officer of Xbox Marc Whitten, a veteran with 14 years of experience, will be leaving the company to work for Sonos, a Santa Barbara-based wireless speaker-creating company. His position in the new company will be Chief Product Officer.
Whitten spearheaded the launch of the original Xbox and Xbox 360 in 2001 and 2005 respectively on a worldwide basis (though Asia gets its Microsoft consoles a year later).
His public farewell speech is as follows:
“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.”
The original Xbox team will still be intact despite this. Microsoft Game Studios Head Phil Spencer and Xbox Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Yusuf Mehdi will still answer to Microsoft Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson.
So who will be taking over the vacant spot of Chief Product Officer? According to a prediction by online games industry “extraordinaire” Superannuation, Xbox Kinect Creative Director Kudo Tsunoda seems like a possible shoe-in for the job.
Going to posit that Kudo Tsunoda might end up filling Marc Whitten’s role. Kudo has been way too quiet lately.
— superannuation (@supererogatory) March 18, 2014
For those not in the know, Kudo Tsunoda and his team are responsible for the inception of the Kinect, or Project Natal back in 2009. As well as this infamous incident at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009.