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Xbox multimedia exec leaves Microsoft over company's new direction

Microsoft's VP of Microsoft’s Media and Entertainment Group Blair Westlake has resigned after ten years at the company, citing changes in the firm's direction.

Variety reports that Westlake's expertise and new direction have become incompatible. In a statement issued last night, he explained, "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.

“Over the last few months Microsoft has been undergoing a large-scale reorganization. During that period, I have had the privilege of working with numerous talented and professional people. While I will miss their company and our interaction, I truly believe that this move is in the best interest of all parties concerned.

"I want to thank my talented and committed team, as well as Yusuf Mehdi, Robbie Bach, Will Poole and Hank Vigil, all of whom had a significant and positive impact on me during my tenure at Microsoft.”

Microsoft has steered the Xbox brand towards media and entertainment. Westlake's resignation comes over a year after the firm hired CBS president Nancy Tellem to oversee its digital entertainment arm.

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