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Zune Product Manager Left the Zune Team!

Posted by Stephane Dion

Zune_product_manager Cliczune just learned that Matt Jubelirer, the product manager who was responsible for the Zune player, left the Zune team last August to join Slacker as the Director of Product Marketing.

The circumstances and the reasons why Matt left the Zune team are obscured, but the timing could certainly not be worst since the market is expecting new and improved Zune players for the upcoming holiday season. His bio was  also removed from Zune.net.

Here's what Scott Erickson, his boss, had to say about Matt on Lindedin: “Matt is an energetic product manager with a good ability to bring the needs of the customer into the realities of the development process. He's worked with 3rd party developers and vendors, accessory manufacturers and internal development and design resources to build hardware, software and accessories. Matt gets deep into each project he works on and has an easy-going personality which makes him fun to work with.”

Chris Stephenson, General Manager of the Zune team also added: “Matt is a smart guy with a real passion for the technology business. He's on my "Ones To Watch" list.”

Matt is the second executive to leave the Zune team this year. Brian Lee left the company last January and was replaced by J. Allard.

Allard has been very quiet since he took the lead role on the Zune team and people are anxious to know what the famous Xbox guru will be able to create with the Zune brand.

No replacement for Matt was publicly announced yet.


Comments

bob e

who put this twit in charge to begin with should be fired as well.

billy

This isn't news. This guy was a product manager, not an executive. Watch this video and tell me this guy knows jack about the prouduct. He was likely managed out. The real question is why MSFT let him go work on a directly competitive product.

http://www.podtech.net/home/1357/microsoft-zune-in-depth

ecto

@billy: "The real question is why MSFT let him go work on a directly competitive product."

Perhaps Microsoft considers his going to a competitor to be a win-win situation.

tim pedersen

typo: "but the timing could certainly not be worst"

(worse)

-timmuh

Ricardo Dawkins

Slacker is vaporware..anyway.

Tony Orlando (no dawn)

"Matt is an energetic product manager with a good ability to bring the needs of the customer into the realities of the development process."

That sentence right there tells you why Microsoft is failing. The 'realities' of the development process? How stupid is that? A good ability? How about just 'the ability?'

Slacker Music

It's not vaporware anymore... Slacker portables are available for pre-order on the main Slacker site, and are to begin shipping by December 13th, 2007.

tax

This kid is a born loser, nobody could stand him and he had no leadership skills, Slacker...couldn't have said it better!

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