Corporate Vice President of Xbox Europe Phil Harrison has officially parted ways with Microsoft, the company has confirmed.
In a statement to GamesIndustry International, whose sources reported last month about Harrison’s impending departure, head of Xbox Phil Spencer told why Harrison is leaving the company.
“Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside of Microsoft,” said Spencer. “Phil has been a distinguished leader for our European Xbox team – overseeing production at our award-winning European studios and making a substantial contribution to the Xbox business globally. I want to thank Phil for his creativity and leadership over the past three years. Phil is a great friend of mine and I wish him the very best with his future endeavours.”
In a farewell note, Harrison spoke highly of the Microsoft family, mentioning how it has been a privilege to be part of Microsoft Studios in Europe for three years, as well as working with other developers. “I wish them and my many friends throughout the Xbox world every continued success and know that games will continue to prosper across Microsoft under Phil Spencer’s leadership.”
A former PlayStation executive, Harrison joined Microsoft in 2012 and took up responsibility for leading Microsoft Studios Europe and overseeing UK-based developers such as Lionhead Studios, Soho Productions, and Rare Ltd.