June 2, 2023

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Halo leads Bonnie Ross leaving 343 Industries and Xbox

Industry and Microsoft veteran Bonnie Ross announced her retirement today with the intent to focus on the family as 343 Industries moves to restructure its leadership roles.

Bonnie Ross has been in Microsoft’s games business for three decades, working on franchises like Gears of War and Alan Wake and even third-party publishing deals on titles like Jade Empire and Mass Effect. Most famously, she took the reins at 343 Industries after pitching her vision for Halo, against a Microsoft climate that felt as if the franchise was in decline. Under 343 Industries, Ross and her team have teamed up to ship several popular Halo products, including Halo 3: ODST, Halo Reach, Halo Anniversary, Halo Spartan Assault/Strike, and Halo Wars 2.

“After more than 28 years in gaming at Microsoft, including 15 years leading 343 Industries and Halo through their most ambitious steps forward, Bonnie Ross will leave Microsoft and spend more time with her family. We are grateful for her leadership of 343 and during which the team launched Halo. 4, Halo 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo TV series, and Halo Infinite. We wish her all the best. Head of production Pierre Hintz will take effect as studio head immediately. Team 343 is working hard to ship the Winter Update, the largest update for Halo Infinite since launch.”

(Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

Bonnie Ross’ 343i also built Halo: Master Chief Collection, which ambitiously transferred several Halo games into one ownership. The mission was gigantic and launched in less than polished condition, but subsequent years of investment made it a truly stellar title. On the other end of the spectrum, infinite aura It launched with the series’ highest Metacritic score to date, but its live service has made fans clamor for faster content delivery.

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To that end, Microsoft also announced that the leadership team is undergoing a restructuring, splitting the Bonnie Ross role into three parts to serve the franchise’s growing footprint, which now includes a TV show and other cross-media projects.

From left to right: New studio head Pierre Hintz, franchise general manager Brian Kosky, and business and operations leadership Elizabeth Van Wyck. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Studio veteran and production lead Pierre Hintz will become president of Studio 343i immediately, leading the studio’s ongoing development of Halo Infinite and The Master Chief, as well as future games. The senior leadership team will expand to new positions, including Brian Kosky who will become General Manager Franchise, and Elizabeth Van Wyck, who will oversee business and operations.