John Schappert was the Corporate VP of Interactive Entertainment LIVE of Microsoft’s Software and Services Business. Now he is returning to Electronic Arts as the Chief Operating Officer. Schappert left EA for Microsoft two years ago.
When Schappert was at EA, he worked in leadership positions behind the Madden NFL and Tiger Woods video games. Schappert arrived at Electronic Arts when his gaming company studio Tiburon was bought out in 1998.
Microsoft has decided not to look for an individual to replace Schappert. Instead they have decided to allow Marc Whitten and Phil Spencer to head up their divisions. Both of them will report to Don Mattrick, SVP of the Interactive Entertainment Business.