Microsoft announced earlier today that it has hired Phil Harrison to be the corporate vice president of its Interactive Entertainment Business team, specifically its European business.
Harrison is no stranger to the gaming industry; beginning his career as the head of development for Mindscape International in 1989, he then went on to join Sony in 1992. Throughout his time at the company from 1992 through 2008, he held various executive positions in both Europe and North America. After departing Sony in 2008, he went on to work for Infogrames Entertainment SA as their “Directeur Général Délégué”. He had also joined the Atari Board of Directors (going on to step down in 2010.) On top of his new job at Microsoft, he is continuing to serve as a special advisor to a venture capital firm that he co-founded, London Venture Partners, LLP.
“I am excited to be joining the senior team at Microsoft at a pivotal time for our industry,” said Harrison. “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.”
With 25 years of experience in the industry under his belt, Harrison certainly is a great addition to Microsoft’s already highly successful IEB division. What will he be doing at the company? He has quite a fair bit of responsibility; the announcement notes that he will be in charge of the Microsoft Studios European organization, along with growing the IEB European business through “strategic partnerships” and by “bringing culturally relevant entertainment experiences to Microsoft platforms, now and in the future.”