By Christian Zibreg on Feb 7, 2017
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. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2017
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. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2017
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. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 25, 2017
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. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 24, 2017
Musa Tariq, Apple’s executive, is leaving the company to join Ford, the car maker said Tuesday.
Tariq was Apple’s global marketing and communications director for retail for a little more than two years. At Ford, he will be Vice President and Chief Brand Officer, a new position created as the company focuses on new mobility services. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017
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. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 11, 2017
Apple was trying “very hard” (in Elon Musk’s own words) to recruit top talent from Tesla.
Now that its Project Titan has shifted gear from building an electric vehicle to developing an autonomous driving software, some of the engineers associated with the initiative have departed for Tesla.
Just as we’ve discovered that Swift creator Chris Lattner was leaving the iPhone maker to take a position as Vice President of Autopilot Software at Tesla, Electrek.co is reporting that the guy who designed many of Apple’s iconic Macs will now be building Tesla vehicles. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 10, 2017
Swift creator Chris Lattner is leaving Apple to take a position as Vice President of Autopilot Software at Tesla. Lattner announced his departure Tuesday on a Swift.org forum, and Tesla published a blog post shortly after welcoming him to the company.
Lattner has been at Apple since 2005, and is credited with building early versions of the Swift programming language in 2010, before a team was formed to further the project. Most recently, he held the title of Senior Director of the Developer Tools team. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2016
Earlier this year, Apple poached Alexander Hitzinger, the former technical director of Porsche’s race car program who helped the car maker return to the Le Mans endurance race, a company source told Reuters last Friday. The move was first reported by Germany’s Manager Magazin.
Volkswagen-owned Porsche officially confirmed Hitzinger had left the luxury carmaker in the spring, but didn’t share any further information. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016
Over the past few months, Apple has been quietly hiring engineers away from Here, a Berlin-based automotive mapping company, for mapping jobs in Berlin. Interestingly, Apple’s never publicly confirmed that it has an office in Berlin.
According to LinkedIn profiles discovered by Business Insider, Apple’s poached at least half a dozen employees from Here, jointly owned by German car makers Audi, BMW and Daimler. Read More