Published on June 12th, 2008 | by Daniel David
Jeff Bell Resigns From Microsoft
It has been announced today that Jeff Bell, now former corporate vice president of Global Marketing for Microsoftâ€™s Interactive Entertainment Business is departing from Microsoft to pursue other opportunities.
Following this news Shane Kim has promoted to the newly created corporate vice president of Strategy and Business Development within Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business.
Jeff Bell has said:
The time is right for me to pursue my lifeâ€™s passion of consumer brand marketing and the creative and services that drive it. Coming from automotive, and now technology and entertainment, I am excited to expand to new industries and categories.“
The full press release is below:
Interactive Entertainment Business Leadership Team Positioned to Drive Next Wave of Growth and Audience Expansion
Microsoft announces new leadership roles for Shane Kim and Phil Spencer and the departure of Jeff Bell.
REDMOND, Wash. â€” June 12, 2008 â€” Microsoft Corp. today announced a new leadership structure in its Interactive Entertainment Business, assembled to align with future business development opportunities.
Shane Kim will assume the role of corporate vice president of Strategy and Business Development, a newly established role in Microsoftâ€™s Interactive Entertainment Business. In addition, Phil Spencer, a Microsoft Game Studios veteran for six years, will assume leadership of all first-party development and publishing efforts worldwide. Both leaders will report directly to Don Mattrick, senior vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Business.
After spending four and a half years leading the transformation of Microsoft Game Studios into a world-class entertainment publisher, Kim will now explore new growth opportunities with partners across all parts of the global Interactive Entertainment Business. His focus will be on future external relationships and partnerships, as well as developing growth strategies for the entire business.
Formerly the general manager of Microsoft Game Studios Europe, Spencer will return to Redmond from the U.K.to take on his new role as general manager of the global Microsoft Game Studios business. Spencer will oversee the creation of new, unannounced franchises that aim to attract new audiences. His teams will foster some of todayâ€™s most beloved entertainment franchises, including â€œHalo,â€ â€œGears of Warâ€ and â€œFable,â€ by continuing to partner with the industryâ€™s best developers to deliver the best games for the Windows and Xbox platforms.
â€œWeâ€™re strategically positioning the leadership team to drive every aspect of the Xbox business to new heights,â€ Mattrick said. â€œI firmly believe that Microsoft will lead the next great innovations in games and entertainment. Todayâ€™s organizational announcements align us to accelerate this expansive growth.â€
After two years of driving a cultural change in the way Microsoft markets its entertainment brands, Jeff Bell, current corporate vice president of Global Marketing for Microsoftâ€™s Interactive Entertainment Business, has decided to pursue other opportunities outside Microsoft. Bell will remain at Microsoft through the summer, working with Mattrick to ensure a smooth transition of his responsibilities. In the interim while Microsoft searches for Bellâ€™s replacement, Matt Barlow, Charlotte Stuyvenberg and Jim Merrick, all day-to-day product marketing and marketing communications leaders in the Interactive Entertainment Business, will carry forward global marketing initiatives for the business group.
â€œThe time is right for me to pursue my lifeâ€™s passion of consumer brand marketing and the creative and services that drive it.â€ Bell said â€œComing from automotive, and now technology and entertainment, I am excited to expand to new industries and categories.â€
â€œWe thank Jeff for his achievements and contributions to Microsoft and the Xbox business. His innovative marketing programs included award-winning Xbox brand marketing campaigns, as well as world-renowned creative for â€˜Gears of Warâ€™ and â€˜Halo 3,â€™â€ Mattrick said. â€œWe wish Jeff nothing but the best in his future endeavors.â€