Microsoft Exec Quits over Company's 'Direction'

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (3 years, 9 months ago)

After nearly a decade of work for the tech giant, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for media and entertainment, Blair Westlake, has left the company for somewhat vague reasons.

Westlake confirmed his resignation to Variety, stating that “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.” It was not made clear what directional changes made Westlake uncomfortable enough to leave the post he has held for almost ten years.

During his time with Microsoft, Westlake was responsible for dealing with the company’s relations with the entertainment industry, handling business development and content licensing, and dealing heavily with Microsoft products such as Xbox Video, Windows Phones and Surface. Microsoft has been in the middle of a shake-up for some time, with outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer stating some months ago that they were no longer simply a big software company.

Microsoft confirmed Westlake’s departure in an official statement; however the company has yet to choose a replacement or comment on the situation surrounding his resignation.

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