Hiring

Apple’s tightly-knit industrial design group loses another longtime member

In what could be described as a shakeup to Apple’s vaunted design team, its longtime industrial designer Christopher Stringer has left the company.

He was with the iPhone maker for 21 years, as per a new article Monday by The Information.

About a year ago, Danny Coster, another member of Apple’s elite industrial design team, has left the firm for greener pastures at GoPro. The design team at Apple’s gone through multiple changes in the last two years as Jonathan Ive stepped back from running the team, with Richard Howarth taking over day-to-day management of the group.

Apple hires former YouTube and Spotify veteran to help shape its video content strategy

Apple has hired Shiva Rajaraman, a product leader formerly with Google’s YouTube, Spotify and Twitter, to accelerate its failing video content strategy, The Information reported yesterday citing people familiar with the matter. The paywall’d article cites three people briefed on the hiring as saying that Rajaraman will help shape Apple’s video strategy to take on established players like Amazon and Netflix.

Apple hires iOS security researcher and former jailbreak developer Jonathan Zdziarski

Forensic data analysis expert, iOS security researcher and former jailbreak developer Jonathan Zdziarski has officially joined Apple. Zdziarski announced today he accepted a position with Apple’s Security Engineering and Architecture team, but it’s unclear when he might be starting work at Apple. Zdziarski, who at times could be critical of Apple’s security efforts, says he’s joined the iPhone maker because he’s so passionate about protecting the security and privacy of others.

Apple’s Vice President of corporate and government sales has stepped down

John Solomon, Apple’s Vice President for Enterprise and Government, has stepped down. He led sales teams charged with pushing Apple hardware and software to big companies and government agencies with large technology budgets.

Apple confirmed his departure to Reuters, but refused to comment further. Solomon wouldn’t reveal why he left Apple either. It’s unclear if losing a key executive for business sales might slow Apple’s efforts to push its solutions to large businesses in recent years.

Apple hires Spotify’s former head of label relations

The Apple vs. Spotify fight just became tougher with news that Apple recently hired Spotify’s former head of label relations, Steve Savoca, who left the company in August of last year (Spotify’s current boss of label relations is Rob Harvey). He was recruited for the identical role at Apple Music.

The Cupertino firm on Thursday confirmed the hiring of Spotify’s former executive, saying he’ll be focusing on relationships with smaller, independent labels, especially internationally.

Former Android executive Hugo Barra to head Facebook’s Oculus and virtual reality teams

When former Android executive Hugo Barra announced three days ago he was leaving Chinese handset maker Xiaomi, he provided standard boilerplate explanation: he wanted to spend more time with his family because living and working abroad has taken a toll on his health and life.

Then again, that’s exactly the kind of stuff that you’d expect high-ranking executives to say when jumping ship or seeking greener pastures with another team.

As it turns out, Barra is leaving Xiaomi not because he’s burned out but to join Facebook where he will be charged with managing the Oculus team and the company’s other virtual reality projects, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday.

Apple hires Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy

Former CEO and co-founder of Dropcam Greg Duffy has joined Apple, reports The Information. A company spokesman has confirmed the high profile hiring to the outlet, but would not comment on what his role would be in Cupertino.

Former Android executive Hugo Barra leaving Xiaomi next month

Hugo Barra, who used to be Google’s senior executive in charge of Android before leaving the Internet giant for Xiaomi in August 2013, announced on his Facebook profile that he’s leaving the Chinese handset maker. He’ll be returing to Silicon Valley in February after the Chinese New Year to spend more time with friends and family.

As Vice President of Xiaomi’s International unit, Barra was responsible for making the company’s Mi handsets available in more countries globally.

Xiaomi has yet to start selling its products in the United States.