Industry Moves: Microsoft Interactive Entertainment CVP Kim To Leave

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Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Interactive Entertainment CVP Shane Kim is leaving — the latest in a line of executives to exit the business, which includes Microsoft’s Xbox and Game Studios units, over the last several months. Kim had been appointed to oversee strategy and business development just over a year ago, as part of a reorganization. He had previously led Microsoft Game Studios, which develops games for the Xbox 360 and Windows.

Other executives to depart recently include CVP John Schappert, who left in June to become COO at Electronic Arts (NSDQ: ERTS), and CTO Chris Satchell, who took a job at International Game Technology earlier this summer.

Microsoft tells us that Kim’s retirement is unrelated to those two departures and that’s he’s “looking forward to spending more time with his family.” Interactive entertainment CFO Dennis Durkin will become the unit’s COO and take over Kim’s responsibilities in that role. And Phil Spencer, the GM of the global Microsoft Game Studios business, has been promoted to CVP.

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