Phil Spencer is taking up as the pinnacle of Microsoft’s Xbox department, the corporate introduced right now.

Phil, who most just lately served because the chief of Microsoft Studios, will now lead that division in addition to the whole Xbox enterprise, together with Xbox Stay, Xbox Music and Xbox Video. His official title is Head of Xbox.

“Combining these groups will strengthen the connection between a few of the world’s most progressive creators and people constructing the Xbox itself,” stated Spencer in a press release on Xbox Wire. “It has been a exceptional 12 months for Xbox and I’m honored to guide the workforce at this unimaginable time for Microsoft and the video games trade.”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduced Spencer’s promotion in a companywide emailtoday. Spencer will report back to Terry Myerson, govt vice chairman of the corporate’s Working Methods Group, which covers Home windows, Home windows Telephone and the Xbox One working system. In accordance with Nadella, Spencer will proceed to work with Yusuf Mehdi, chief advertising and marketing and technique officer for Xbox; George Peckham, head of Xbox third-party relations; and Mike Angiulo, company vice chairman of improvement for Xbox.

“Combining all our software program, gaming and content material property throughout the Xbox workforce underneath a single chief and aligning with the [Operating Systems Group] workforce will assist guarantee we proceed to do nice work throughout the Xbox enterprise, and convey extra of the magic of Xbox to all type components, together with tablets, PCs and telephones,” stated Nadella. “I like the way in which the Xbox workforce is concentrated on nice video games and gaming experiences (go, Titanfall!), connects with its followers, pushes the boundary of leisure and has embraced the ability of the cloud in such fascinating and impactful methods. Phil is the proper individual to guide Xbox ahead.”


Spencer has spent 25 years at Microsoft. He labored on merchandise equivalent to Encarta and Microsoft Cash earlier than taking the place of Microsoft Studios’ worldwide normal supervisor in 2008 and being promoted to company vice chairman the next 12 months. Previous to that, he was the overall supervisor for Europe, the Center East and Africa of what was then referred to as Microsoft Recreation Studios. Underneath his tenure, Microsoft has constructed up a steady of key franchises equivalent to Halo, Gears of War, Fable and Forza.

The Xbox department at Microsoft had been with no single, official chief since Don Mattrick, the president of the division, left the corporate final July to develop into CEO of Zynga. Shortly after Mattrick’s departure, Microsoft introduced a main reorganizationunder which Julie Larson-Inexperienced grew to become the pinnacle of the Xbox and studios teams, whereas Myerson was given management of improvement on the Xbox One OS. Larson-Inexperienced took a brand new place inside the firm in February, and was changed byformer Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. Marc Whitten, who had served as chief product officer for Xbox, departed earlier this month for audio tools producer Sonos.

Nadella introduced right now that Elop will function govt vice chairman of Microsoft’s Gadgets group as soon as the corporate’s acquisition of Nokia closes, which is predicted to happen by the top of April. Elop, stated Nadella, will work with Spencer and Myerson in the case of the Xbox platform.