Phil Harrison, who resigned as head of Sony Worldwide Studios in 2008, will be joining Microsoft's leadership team to oversee the company's European Game Studios.
Reported early, originally by GI.biz, Microsoft have now formally announced the appointment. Harrison will form part of the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) leadership team as corporate vice president "with an emphasis on growing the division's European business".
Furthermore, in leading MGS Europe, Harrison will be expected to "influence the broader performance of IEB's European business through strategic partnerships and by bringing culturally relevant entertainment experiences to Microsoft platforms, now and in the future".
Phil Spencer, corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios, added: "We are honoured to have Phil join a team that boasts a wealth of talent from across the industry.
"Phil is one of video gaming's true visionaries, and his experience overseeing global studios and deep industry relationships make him the ideal person to lead our European efforts. Under his leadership, we look forward to continuing cultivating the best talent and growing our business in the region."
The IEB's president, Don Mattrick, added "Phil has played an instrumental role in shaping modern console history through his keen insights into both hardware and software strategy.
"His addition to our leadership team will impact our global business in innumerable ways, as he aligns our studio development and growing portfolio of entertainment experiences in Europe to drive our continued growth worldwide."
For his part, Harrison seemed pretty pleased too. "I am excited to be joining the senior team at Microsoft at a pivotal time for our industry," he said. "I am really impressed with the company's long-term vision for growing the market for interactive entertainment globally and also with the incredible wealth of talent, technology and resources the company has available to succeed."
Having joined cloud streaming service Gaikai back in 2010, might there be the possibility of a crossover, with Gaikai and Microsoft leaping into bed together?