In this clip, Robbie describes a case where losing a talented and valuable member of his Xbox team actually strengthened the team as a whole.
Former President, Microsoft
Robbie Bach joined Microsoft in 1988 and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management and business leadership roles. He played an important role as a marketing leader in the successful development of the Microsoft Office business, and subsequently led the creation and development of the Xbox business where he served as the Chief Xbox Officer. Bach retired from Microsoft in 2010 as the company’s President of the Entertainment and Devices Division.
Robbie now works as a Civic Engineer with corporate, philanthropic, and civic organizations who are driving positive change in our communities. He guest lectures extensively at schools such as UCLA, the University of North Carolina, Notre Dame, Santa Clara University, Seattle University, and the University of Washington. He also speaks to corporate, civic, and trade show audiences across the country. In 2015, he completed his first book, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal. For more information, see www.robbiebach.com.
As part of his civic commitment, Robbie serves on the national board of governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and for the local Boys and Girls Club chapter in Bellevue, WA. He has served as chairman of both of these boards. He is also a member of the United States Olympic Committee board of directors, the board of directors for the Puget Sound chapter of Year-Up, and the board of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. His corporate responsibilities include being co-owner of Manini’s, Inc., a gluten-free pasta and flour company, and serving on the board of directors for Sonos Inc.
He was an Arjay Miller Scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he earned his MBA, and a Morehead Scholar at UNC where he earned his degree in economics and was also named an Academic All-American on the Tar Heel’s tennis team.
For our full interview with Robbie, download the Innovation Navigation podcast.