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Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox group and the company’s overall video game initiatives, was promoted on Tuesday to executive vice president of gaming, Business Insider has learned.
The new title comes with a big responsibility bump. Spencer will now report directly to CEO Satya Nadella as a member of his executive leadership team.
The change follows a reorganization Nadella ordered in July that was intended to streamline the company’s operations to focus more on selling specific “customer solutions,” with video games identified as a core area of interest.
Before the promotion, Spencer reported to Terry Myerson, the executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group. We’re hearing that even after this change, Spencer’s gaming team will still work closely with the group, relying on its HR, sales, and marketing teams.
Spencer, who started as an intern, has been with Microsoft since 1988. He assumed control of the Xbox division soon after Nadella became CEO in 2014.
The promotion isn’t the only big change at Microsoft this week – the company is shifting its Enterprise Mobility and Security team, helmed by longtime executive Brad Anderson, from its cloud and enterprise division into WDG. That should make it easier for the team to build security features straight into Windows 10 and Surface devices.