Microsoft has confirmed Phil Harrison is no longer with the company as he chose to leave in order to seek out a fresh challenge.
Confirmation of Harrison’s departure comes from a statement Phil Spencer released regarding his leaving. “Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside of Microsoft,” Spencer said in his statement. “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.”
The statement goes on to praise Harrison for his creativity and leadership throughout his time as corporate VP of Xbox Europe. Harrison, in return, had only nice things to say about his time at Microsoft. “I have enjoyed the last three years at Microsoft enormously and it has been a privilege to lead and work along side the incredible talent within Microsoft Studios in Europe, including Rare, Lionhead, Lift, Soho and Press Play. I wish them and my many friends throughout the Xbox world every continued success.”
It’s yet unknown where Harrison moved on to, although that information is expected to be made available on Monday.