Microsoft Puts Phil Spencer in Charge of Xbox Division

Paul Lilly

Phil Spencer is now in charge of Microsoft's Xbox business

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella might be new to his post, but he's already making his presence known by shaking up the management team. Perhaps the biggest move of the day is the promotion of Phil Spencer to lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Microsoft Studios . His was one of several changes to management, though will it be the last?

We'll have to wait and see. For now, there's plenty to digest, starting with Spencer's new role.

"Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world’s most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself," Spencer stated in a blog post . "I am incredibly proud of the talented Xbox employees around the world and believe, like they do, in the power of technology to bring games and entertainment to life across console, PC, tablet and mobile devices. It’s been a remarkable year for Xbox and I am honored to lead the team at this incredible time for Microsoft and the games industry."

Nadella's other changes include the promotion of Scott Guthrie to Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise organization, as well as bringing former Nokia chief Stephen Elop on board as Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Devices Group. Elop's role will become official once the deal with Nokia closes next month.

"Recently, I’ve discussed with the Microsoft leadership team the need to zero in on what truly makes Microsoft unique. As I said on my first day, we need to do everything possible to thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world," Nadella stated in an open email to employees. "The announcements last week, our news this week, the Nokia acquisition closing soon, and the leaders and teams we are putting in place are all great first steps in making this happen."

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