Posted by: kurtsh | July 7, 2015

BIO: Phil Spencer – The Guy Behind Xbox

I found this bio of Phil Spencer in the media assets site and thought it was interesting enough to post.  Wow.  He’s been around at Microsoft for a long time.

Phil Spencer

Head of Xbox

imageAs Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer leads the teams responsible for games and entertainment at Microsoft across Xbox, Windows, Surface and Windows Phone. His global creative and engineering teams are transforming the way people play around the world by pushing the boundaries of creativity and technical innovation.

A 25-year veteran of Microsoft, Spencer has been with Xbox from the beginning. Now responsible for Xbox including Xbox Live and Microsoft Studios, Spencer has been instrumental in building a community of more than 95 million Xbox owners and over 48 million Xbox Live members in 42 countries. His influence on blockbuster franchises such as “Halo,” “Gears of War,” “Fable” and “Forza Motorsport” opened up Xbox to other inventive entertainment offerings including a landmark partnership with the NFL and collaborating with Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg to bring a “Halo” TV series to life. Under Spencer’s direction, Microsoft acquired Mojang AB, maker of the popular videogame “Minecraft,” in 2014, furthering Xbox’s mission to lead gaming and premier entertainment at the company.

Spencer previously served as general manager of Microsoft Studios and Microsoft Game Studios EMEA, working with the European development community. Before that, he held various roles across Microsoft within Microsoft Encarta, Microsoft Money, Microsoft Works and Microsoft Picture It!

Spencer has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and currently serves on the boards of the First Tee of Greater Seattle and the Entertainment Software Association. He lives in Bellevue, Washington with his wife and two daughters.

imageTwitter: @XboxP3

Gamertag: P3


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