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Europe Boss And Former Valve Employee Leave Microsoft

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Posted February 17, 2014 by Bunneh3000 in News
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Being an employee at Microsoft must either be REALLY difficult or must REALLY stink. There have been a number of Microsoft executives shuffling around the high ranks of their employees. While they may have finally found their new CEO, they are apparently losing a relatively new piece to their gaming and entertainment puzzle.

Former Valve Director of Business Development Jason Holtman signed on with Microsoft back in August of 2013 and has recently announced that he is leaving. His role with Microsoft originally was to focus ” on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment“.

Holtman was at Valve for eight years before being laid off early in 2013.

In addition to Holtman, Xbox Vice President of the Europe region, Chris Lewis, also recently decided to leave the company in order to pursue his own business interests.

Lewis has been involved with the company for 25 years and was instrumental in making the Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox One a force to be reckoned with in the UK.

“He has been a distinguished leader for our Xbox team in Europe – overseeing the launch of the original Xbox, Xbox 360, Kinect and most recently Xbox One, and growing the business significantly across the region,” said Yusuf Mehdi, CVP of Microsoft’s devices and studios marketing group.

“Following that success, Chris has now chosen to retire from Microsoft and focus on his other business and personal interests. We wish Chris nothing but the best, and we thank him for everything he’s contributed to Xbox and Microsoft as a whole over the past 25 years.”

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Bunneh3000

A gamer since the days of Texas Instruments PCs with cartidges, I embody the 'casual' gamer moniker. RPGs, turn based strategy, hack n slashers, NBA sims, shooters, Space flight combat sims, and mech combat sims are my forte. If you need a Battlefield commander, I'm your Cylon... I mean... um... man.

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