Sonos product head Marc Whitten has left the corporate
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Sonos introduced a spherical of layoffs earlier this month, and now a turbulent March continues. The corporate has confirmed that chief product officer Marc Whitten has departed the corporate after a two-yr stint. Throughout his time at Sonos, Whitten oversaw two of the corporate’s most essential product launches in its historical past: the wonderful new Play:5 speaker and the speaker-tuning TruePlay software program. An organization spokesperson gave us the next assertion: “Marc Whitten has determined to go away Sonos, and his final day was Friday, March 25. We thank Marc for this difficult work and significant contributions over the previous two years.”
Whereas each of these merchandise had profitable launches, it feels like Sonos is on the brink of do a pivot of types. In his weblog submit confirming the layoffs, Sonos CEO particularly cited the Amazon Echo as new competitors for the corporate within the related speaker area and stated that Sonos was wanting into find out how to deliver “voice-enabled music experiences into the house.” He acknowledged that was new territory for the corporate and implied that the layoffs might be as a result of that transition. Whereas there is no phrase on why Whitten left, it is totally potential that the change is said to this new space of focus for Sonos.
Previous to his time at Sonos, Whitten was the chief product officer for Xbox and oversaw the (considerably troubled) launch of the Xbox One. Since he left, Phil Spencer took over and guided Microsoft by means of some robust occasions and refocused the console on its core gaming experiences. Whether or not Whitten finally ends up again within the video games business, the tech business normally or one thing totally new stays to be seen. Whitten hasn’t posted on his Twitter account since March fifteenth, and his LinkedIn and Twitter profiles nonetheless say he is working for Sonos.