Microsoft's vice president of Xbox in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) is hanging up his joypad and seeking pastures new. Chris Lewis is off.
There are a number of reasons that Lewis may have left his post, and rumour circulating around speculation. An early leader in the rumour race is that Lewis', like all senior Microsoft management, has a substantial shareholding in the company has part of his salary package that have finally matured. Basically, having been at Microsoft since 1989, Chris may have enough to buy and small island... such as Staines.
MCV reports that, "He officially leaves in the coming weeks as the company seeks a replacement. He is moving on to focus on his own business interests.
"Lewis was part of the team that made Xbox 360 the UK's biggest games console over the last generation, and oversaw the tricky launch of Xbox One. We last spoke to him in September."
Microsoft's devices and studios marketing group Yusuf Mehdi, said his of colleague who leaves in a few weeks, "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.
“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.”
Best of luck Chris.