Microsoft is really going through the employees at the moment with the latest big name change that of their head of Xbox for the European market.
The UK is one of Microsoft’s strongholds as the Xbox 360 dominated in the market having a 33% lead over the PS3 when the new consoles were released. But Chris Lewis isn’t going to stick around for a repeat performance as he’s announced that he will leave Microsoft to pursue “Other business interests” outside of Microsoft.
The official statement from Microsoft that MCV received is as follows
“Since joining Microsoft as one of the first UK employees in 1989, Chris has made significant contributions across the partner, enterprise and retail businesses,” said CVP of Microsoft’s devices and studios marketing group Yusuf Mehdi.
“He has been a distinguished leader for our Xbox team in Europe – overseeing the launch of the original Xbox, Xbox 360, Kinect and most recently Xbox One, and growing the business significantly across the region.
“Following that success, Chris has now chosen to retire from Microsoft and focus on his other business and personal interests. We wish Chris nothing but the best, and we thank him for everything he’s contributed to Xbox and Microsoft as a whole over the past 25 years.”
It’s clear that Microsoft is on the back foot regarding the Xbox One at the moment and losing someone of Chris’ calibre is definitely going to hurt them.