You might not know the names Robbie Bach and J Allard, but you’ve definitely heard of some of the projects that they helped create. Both were integral to major projects like the Xbox and the Zune, and this quote from Bach spells out some of the other things he’s worked on during his 22 years with the company:
“At Microsoft, I’ve been so fortunate to spend more than two decades of my life working with incredible people and doing amazing things like launching Office, Xbox and Xbox Live, the ‘Halo’ franchise, Windows Phones, Zune and more,” Bach said in a prepared statement. “I’m at the time in my life where I want to dedicate more time to my family and my nonprofit work, including my work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I have the utmost confidence in Steve, Don and Andy and their ability to see through our mission of bringing extraordinary entertainment and mobility experiences to life for people around the world.”
Allard has worked at Microsoft for over 15 years and spent a chunk of time as the public face of the Xbox. Rumors circulated late last week that he was leaving Microsoft due to the cancellation of the Courier tablet project. Whether or not that was ultimately the reason, it’s clear that Microsoft is losing some big talent. Engadget reports that the departures are due to a larger shakeup at Microsoft, and the Xbox and Mobile divisions will now report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer.