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  • Apple Braces for Another Top Executive Departure

    Another prominent longtime Apple executive is leaving the Cupertino, California tech empire. Word broke Thursday that Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing communications Allison Johnson is on her way out. Johnson's position with the company is so high up that she reports directly to Steve Jobs, the company's venerable CEO who is presently on medical leave.

    While few specifics of the anticipated departure are known, it does appear that the departure is on good terms, amicable, and requisite for a new venture that Johnson is believed to be embarking upon. Digital Daily's John Paczkowski reported this morning that Johnson is supposedly in the process of co-founding a new marketing and communications firm with Brandee Barker, a former PR executive with Facebook.

    "There's no dearth of marketing and communications talent at Apple, but Johnson's exit from the company is still notable," Paczkowski says, adding that Johnson will likely remain with Apple at least until summer. For now, neither Apple or Johnson are commenting on the matter. No word yet as to who may replace Johnson, an invaluable marketing veteran who came to Apple from Hewlett-Packard.

    Johnson's expected departure is just the latest in a recent string of major executive losses for the company. Earlier this month, Apple issued a press release to announce that Mac OS X software pioneer Bertrand Serlet would be leaving Apple. At one time, Serlet was believed to have been a possible contender to replace Steve Jobs as CEO should the need for transition arise.

    Source: Digital Daily
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Braces for Another Top Executive Departure started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      People just move on from jobs after awhile. These people leaving I'm sure have plenty of money and may just be looking for different experiences or to spend time with family, could be a number of reasons.
    1. wohhey's Avatar
      wohhey -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Tim Cook. COO
      Jony Ive would be better
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Damn, people are fleeing apple like a sinking ship...... I hope there isn't something bad going on that we dont know about.
    1. Sanady361's Avatar
      Sanady361 -
      Who cares. The company will always be top notch.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
      Unfortunately the masses have gotten to where they are expecting a ground breaking development every year. Even if Apple goes 2 years with only improvements to existing devices they should be fine.
      They are only doing improvements on devices for quite some time now, nothing new or interesting coming out. Even iPad 2 that just came out does not excite people much, everything added should have been done on iPad 1. That seems to apply to many Apple's current products... Introduce devices with many things purposely left out, later introduce them on an "updated" device to get people buy it all over again.
      I am not expecting ground breaking development, just something to get excited about which I do not see in the near future coming from Apple.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      This looks like a normal house-cleaning that occurs during a change of leadership. I'm afraid Steve isn't coming back.
    1. bonum83's Avatar
      bonum83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Damn, people are fleeing apple like a sinking ship...... I hope there isn't something bad going on that we dont know about.
      And you feel this way because?....
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wohhey View Post
      Jony Ive would be better
      Jony Ive is the man that's for sure, but I don't think he would want the job. Tim Cook is the man to fill that spot
    1. syedsufyan's Avatar
      syedsufyan -
      You forgot that Jonothan Ive is also leaving.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by bonum83 View Post
      And you feel this way because?....
      Because it takes great people to run and maintain a great company, people in the higher ups are leaving.

      I'm worried that after Steve retires there won't be anymore round pegs for the square holes.