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Robbie Bach

Robbie Bach, the former head of Microsoft’s Xbox business, is returning to the technology world, sorta.

Bach, a 22-year Microsoft veteran who retired from the company last year at age 48, has joined the board of Sonos Inc., the privately held maker of high-tech home audio equipment, according to a Wall Street Journal report today.

The WSJ’s Nick Wingfield reports that Bach agreed to join the board in part because he’s a user of Sonos products. In an interview with the newspaper, Bach calls the Sonos systems “magical” and “really easy to use.”

Bach has been active on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club of America and the U.S. Olympic Committee since leaving Microsoft, but he downplayed the possibility of returning full-time to technology when I bumped into him at an event in Seattle a few months back.

He was president of Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices Division prior to leaving the company. From the outside, his departure was viewed as part of Microsoft shaking up its devices and mobile strategy, but Bach said at the time that he had simply decided it was time to move on after more than two decades working there.

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