Zune Product Manager Left the Zune Team!
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.