As Corporate Vice President, Microsoft, Phil Harrison is responsible for growing the division’s EMEA business. As a senior leader for Microsoft, Harrison not only heads the Microsoft Studios EMEA organization, but also directly influences the broader performance of Microsoft’s EMEA business through strategic partnerships and by bringing culturally relevant entertainment experiences to Microsoft platforms.
In addition to a wealth of experience in console gaming, Harrison has immersed himself in new business models and technologies, particularly in mobile and social and brings these market perspectives to bear in his current role. Harrison is also responsible for growing Xbox’s development efforts in EMEA, including overseeing UK-based developers Lionhead Studios, Soho Productions, Rare Ltd and Lift London.
Harrison brings 30 years of games industry and development experience to his role as a senior leader for Microsoft. He was a long-time leader at Sony Computer Entertainment, where he held various senior executive positions within the company, most recently as president of Worldwide Studios. After leaving Sony, Harrison joined the board of Infogrames, as president of Atari, where he led the company’s transition into online gaming. Harrison is also a co-founder and General Partner of London Venture Partners LLP (a venture capital firm focused on the web, mobile, social and cloud game sector) where he continues as a Special Advisor, and recently joined the Board of Governors of the National Film and Television School.