Julie Larson-Green replaces Don Mattrick as Xbox head

julielarsongreenWhen Don Mattrick left Microsoft to head up Zynga last week, some noted Microsoft’s lack of an immediate successor was odd. Well, today Microsoft has revealed that Julie Larson-Green, now former Microsoft Windows division boss, would be heading up a new division, though essentially replacing Mattrick.

As head of Microsoft’s new Devices and Studios Engineering group, Larson-Green will control the entirety of the company’s hardware development and “studios experiences”, which includes games, music and video.

Additionally, Microsoft introduced a Operating Systems Engineering Group, headed up by Terry Myerson.

In an email to employes, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said:

“Today, we are announcing a far-reaching realignment of the company that will enable us to innovate with greater speed, efficiency and capability in a fast changing world.

Today’s announcement will enable us to execute even better on our strategy to deliver a family of devices and services that best empower people for the activities they value most and the enterprise extensions and services that are most valuable to business.”