In the wake of Peter Molyneux vacating his position at Microsoft Europe, a former Sony executive will be joining to lead the organisation.

Phil Harrison, most recently president of Atari (though he was at Sony in the past), will join Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business leadership team as corporate vice president- they say he will be growing the division’s European business.

This of course means overseeing developers Lionhead Studios, Soho Productions and Rare.

He said:

I am excited to be joining the senior team at Microsoft at a pivotal time for our industry. 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.

I will now of course point out that Harrison definitely said these things and not a PR person writing a press release.