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01-27-2009, 04:08 PM #1Mark Papermaster to Start in April…Really!
A while ago we told you about the whole legal battler between IBM and Apple over Mark Papermaster replacing Tony Fadell.
Papermaster was supposed to start back in October, but IBM (his former employer) filed a lawsuit to stop Papermaster from working with Apple. IBM filed on the grounds that he violated the contract he signed with IBM when he was first hired by going to work for a competitor.
A US District Court Judge put forth an injunction that stopped Papermaster from working with Apple until the legal issues were resolved.
Today, in this press release Apple announces that the legal battle is over;
"Mark Papermaster will be coming to Apple as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, on April 24. Papermaster, who comes to Apple from IBM, will lead Apple's iPod and iPhone hardware engineering teams."
Papermaster is scheduled to start his first day of work on April 24th, 2009. He will head Apple's iPod and iPhone hardware engineering teams and report directly to Steve Jobs.
Source: Mark Papermaster to Begin Work at Apple on April 24th - Mac RumorsAppleChic
01-27-2009, 04:29 PM #2
Everyone is so lets go to court happy these days... what a waste of time.... and a lot of money. What was IBM thinking anyway...... Good for Apple if they wanted him.... wonder why he has to report to Steve when he is off himself?
Hopefully he will do well with Apple... that is if they don't go back into court again and rehash this out again....
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01-27-2009, 08:26 PM #3
what a bunch of greedy lil pusses.
its all about money.
the more you have the more you want.
01-28-2009, 08:08 AM #4
That has more to do with anti-compete contracts signed by Papermaster when he signed on at IBM... You can't just leave one company and start working for a competitor right away when you sign those.
Looks like IBM's strategy worked, as it took the guy 6 months to get his start at Apple.
And of all the companies quick to jump to litigation, I think Apple takes the fruitcake lately.