"As the reorganization has unfolded, it has become clear to me that the organization is moving in a direction that does not fit either my expertise or skill sets," Westlake said in a statement. "Therefore, I have made the decision to leave Microsoft."
Westlake oversaw the group that licensed movies and television shows for Microsoft products, including the
The executive brought a deep knowledge of Hollywood to Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus. Before joining the company, he had consulted for various media companies, including
"I have had the privilege of working with numerous talented and professional people," Westlake said of his tenure at Microsoft. "While I will miss their company and our interaction, I truly believe that this move is in the best interest of all parties concerned."
A spokesman for Microsoft could not immediately be reached for comment.
Microsoft has been undergoing a period of upheaval since last summer, when Chief Executive