In the interim – while Microsoft searches for Bell’s replacement – his team of Matt Barlow, Charlotte Stuyvenberg and Jim Merrick, will take up his responsibilities and carry forward global marketing initiatives for the firm.
Microsoft VP of Interactive Entertainment Business in Europe Chris Lewis told MCV that Bell would now pursue a career outside entertainment.
“Jeff is a passionate consumer brand marketing guy and we wish him every success,” said Lewis. “He’s comes from a mix of rich experiences – and he wants to pursue that passion outside of the entertainment industry.
“It’s another chapter for a great guy who brought a new way of thinking to what we do.
“We’ll start the executive search process for Jeff’s replacement soon. We’re hoping to make announcements leaders that work with Jeff right now will step into the breach.”
Bell added: “The time is right for me to pursue my life’s passion of consumer brand marketing and the creative and services that drive it. Coming from automotive, and now technology and entertainment, I am excited to expand to new industries and categories.”