Tue, May 25, 2010 | 18:41 BST
Robbie Bach leaves MS to spend more time with family, non-profit work
Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division president Robbie Bach has said that he is leaving the company in order to spend more time with his family and to focus on his non-profit work.
Speaking in an official statement regarding his impending retirement this fall, the exec said that Steve Ballmer, Andy Lees and Don Mattrick will continue to bring “extraordinary entertainment” to the masses without him.
“At Microsoft, I’ve been so fortunate to spend more than two decades of my life working with incredible people and doing amazing things like launching Office, Xbox and Xbox Live, the Halo franchise, Windows Phones, Zune and more,” said Bach.
“I’m at the time in my life where I want to dedicate more time to my family and my non-profit work, including my work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“I have the utmost confidence in Steve, Don and Andy and their ability to see through our mission of bringing extraordinary entertainment and mobility experiences to life for people around the world.”
Microsoft has confirmed that J Allard’s also departing the company, but will retain an advisory role.
A formal announcement from the company on the “massive shakeup” is expected soon.