Bonnie Ross, the founder and head of Halo developer 343 Industries, has announced her departure from the studio and Microsoft.
Ross, who serves as Microsoft''s corporate vice president, has served as the head of 343 Industries for 15 years, having established the studio - specifically to take over the Halo franchise from Bungie back in 2007.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Ross said, "While I had planned to stay with Halo until we published the Winter Update, I am keeping you informed that I''ll be leaving 343 and attending a family medical issue."
"I am profoundly proud of the work everyone at 343 Industries has done with Halo Infinite, the Master Chief Collection, the Halo television series, and so much more," Ross said of the statement. "It has been an honor to serve alongside the team for the last 15 years and to be a part of a universe that I love."
Bonnie Ross will be leaving Microsoft after more than 28 years in business, including 15 years leading 343 Industries and Halo in its most ambitious steps forward. "Thanks to WindowsCentral," a separate statement from Microsoft said, "After more than 28 years in gaming at Microsoft, including leading 15 years leading 343 Industries and Halo through its most ambitious steps forward."
"We are very grateful for her leadership of 343, which included Halo 4, Halo 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the Halo television series, and Halo Infinite," said a statement. "We wish her all of the best."
Following Ross'' departure, 343 Industries'' producer Pierre Hinze has been named studio head. Two new leadership related roles have been added: General manager of the franchise, which will be filled by Bryan Koski, and manager of business and operations, Elizabeth Van Wyck.