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Phil Spencer Joins Microsoft Senior Leadership Team

by Imran Khan on Sep 19, 2017 at 10:54 PM

Microsoft's executive vice president of gaming, Phil Spencer, has been officially named to the senior leadership team at the Redmond company.

Spencer joined Microsoft in 1998 as an intern and has been working his way up the ladder for nearly twenty years. In 2014, as Don Mattrick exited the company for Zynga, Spencer replaced him as head of the Xbox Division and all of Microsoft's entertainment-related endeavors.

Spencer took over the Xbox division on a note of optimism, acknowledging that mistakes had been made with the brand, but that he was working to right them. For better or worse, the Xbox division has become leaner under Spencer's leadership, moving faster to react to changing industry realities but also leaving a number of high profile cancellations behind him.

As part of the senior leadership team, which numbers sixteen people including CEO Satya Nadella himself, Spencer now has more of a guiding hand in the direction of the company and larger sway with the direction of the Xbox division.


Our Take
Spencer has been talking for most of the generation about the necessary changes to the Xbox, so hopefully the Xbox One X is the culmination of that effort.