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He doesn't seem to fit in with the direction the company is going

The Microsoft executive responsible for moving the Xbox beyond just video games has suddenly resigned, saying the company is moving in a direction that no longer jives with him. 

According to a new report from Variety, Corporate VP of Microsoft’s Media and Entertainment Group Blair Westlake has resigned after a decade spent with the company. 

“It has become clear to me that the organization is moving in a direction that does not fit either my expertise or my skill sets,” said Westlake. “Over the last few months Microsoft has been undergoing a large-scale reorganization. During that period, I have had the privilege of working with numerous talented and professional people. While I will miss their company and our interaction, I truly believe that this move is in the best interest of all parties concerned."

Westlake, who joined Microsoft in 2004, was in charge of media partnerships and the licensing of TV shows and movies for Xbox. He is largely responsible for turning Xbox into a full entertainment hub rather than just a video game console. 


Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates and Blair Westlake [SOURCE: trbimg.com]

"[Westlake] made valuable contributions to the company and we wish him success in his future endeavors,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. 

Prior to Microsoft, Westlake served as chairman of Universal Television & Networks Group, spent 19 years as an exec at Universal Studios, and was a consultant for Comcast and NBCU.

Microsoft is currently undergoing a major restructuring plan that will unify devices like Windows Phone, PC and Xbox One. It was announced around summer of last year. 

In addition, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced in August 2013 that he would retire within a year, and the new CEO is expected to be announced at the end of this month.

Source: Variety





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