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Microsoft grabs a Sony executive for Xbox role

Phil Harrison filling a desk
Wed Mar 14 2012, 16:23

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has announced that it has brought a former Sony executive into its Xbox fold.

The firm recently lost Peter Molyneux, who has something of a name in the gaming industry. Perhaps because it has a spare desk, or maybe not, it has now hired Phil Harrison to join its Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) leadership team as corporate vice president and lead the Lionhead studio.

Harrison has a focus on Europe, according to the press statement, and will lead the Microsoft Studios European organisation directly while also looking to increase the number of strategic business partnerships in the Microsoft order book.

His role will see him lead Lionhead Studios, Soho Productions and Rare, the former of which Molyneux had headed.

"I am excited to be joining the senior team at Microsoft at a pivotal time for our industry," he said.

"I am really impressed with the company's long-term vision for growing the market for interactive entertainment globally and also with the incredible wealth of talent, technology and resources the company has available to succeed."

Harrison was VP of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe before joning Microsoft. He has also worked at Atari. µ


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