Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Management Changes at Palm, Apple

Palm and Apple have both recently announced changes to their senior management line-up.

Changes at Palm

Last week PalmInfoCenter was reporting that Palm's SVP of Global Markets, John Hartnett was leaving Palm. This week, Palm's website shows that Jeff Devine has filled the vacancy as Palm's new SVP of Global Operations. (Note the subtle title change.)

According to the Palm website:
"Jeff Devine is responsible for creating and sustaining a competitive advantage for Palm by developing a global supply-chain model that delivers best-in-class performance in areas such as product introduction, quality, total cost, and delivery.

Jeff joined Palm from Nokia, where he served as vice president of Global Customer Logistics, responsible for a diverse global team located in more than 45 countries. He spent 13 years at Nokia in a wide range of roles, including four years heading operations and logistics for the Americas, and a prior role leading Nokia’s Sales and Marketing for AT&T Wireless. Earlier in his career, Jeff helped start up a new Boeing Electronics facility focused on high-performance teams, and was a production manager at Texas Instruments. "

Changes at Apple

Reuters is reporting this morning that Apple's SVP of the iPod division, Tony Fadell, is 'leaving the company citing personal reasons but may remain as a consultant."

According to the Apple website:
"Fadell joined Apple as the first member of its iPod hardware engineering team in 2001 and was promoted to vice president of iPod engineering in 2004. He became senior vice president of the iPod Division in April 2006.

Prior to joining Apple, Fadell was a cofounder, CTO, and director of engineering of the Mobile Computing Group at Philips Electronics where he was responsible for all aspects of business and product development for a variety of products. Tony later became VP of business development for Philips U.S. Strategy & Ventures focused on building the company’s digital media strategy & investment portfolio. Prior to joining Philips, Fadell was a hardware and software architect at General Magic."

At this time, no announcement has been made as to who might replace Mr. Fadell at Apple.

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