The wave of top executives leaving Apple continues. After Angela Ahrendts and Jony ive, another name of Cupertino's top dome a little lower in the hierarchy of the previous two, actually announced the exit of the company: these are Steve Dowling, vice president of communications at Ma.
Dowling had been with Apple for 16 years, and spent the initial decade of his time at the company as head of the corporate public affairs area. When the then vice president of communications, Katie Cotton, retired in 2014, Dowling took over her position on an interim basis; a few months later he was hired at the post and remained there so far.
It is not known exactly what motivated the departure of the executive: in a memo distributed internally and obtained by the RecodeDowling simply stated that "it was time" to leave the company, without mentioning possible future plans or new employers and only stating that he intended to rest for the near future.
The professional will stay with Apple until next month, helping to make the transition to the new boss, who will be temporarily occupied by Phil Schiller, senior vice president of global marketing at Ma Yes, yet another case of company executives taking on a mountain of responsibility under one umbrella, but we expect the situation to be temporary.
Read below the full memo distributed by Dowling:
After 16 years at Apple, countless keynotes, several releases and some public relations crises, I have decided this is the right time to leave our remarkable company. This is something that I have been considering for some time, and has become a concrete idea during the most recent and for me, last release cycle. Our plans are made and the team is executing them brilliantly, as always. So the time has come.
Phil will manage the team on an interim basis starting today, and I will be available until the end of October to help with the transition. After that, I plan on taking good long vacations before trying something new. At home, I have a patient, supportive wife in Petra, as well as two beautiful children blossoming into their youth. I am excited to create more memories with the three while I can.
My loyalty Apple and its people have no boundaries. Working with Tim and his team, accomplishing everything we've achieved together, has been the best part of my career. I want to thank you all for your hard work, patience and friendship. And I wish you all the best.
I will always bleed in six colors.
Apple, in a statement, thanked Dowling for its services and noted some of the most significant moments of her career at the company, helping her guide launches such as the iPhone, App Store, Apple Watch and AirPods. May he be happy in his new journey!
The week also had other occurrences of comings and goings in Cupertino. The arrival of the time to Austin Daboh, British music area executive who has spent the last few years in Spotify and before that he worked at the BBC One radio station in London. Your destiny of course the Apple music more specifically, the editorial chair of the UK and Ireland.
Daboh's rise in the world of streaming was quick: he joined Spotify in 2016 as a senior editor and was promoted last year for his ?enviable relationships with influential artists, agents and record labels?. On the Swedish platform he launched the successful playlist "Who We Be", hip hop and R&B, as well as coordinating the organization of other lists, such as Hot Hits UK.
In Apple Music, Daboh will be tasked with promoting rising British and Irish artists; He will work at the London headquarters of the service and be subordinate to George Ergatoudis, head of the English branch of Apple Music which is also a member of Spotify.
Danielle De Palma
Finally, the executive Danielle De Palma left Apple after a very short time at the company she landed in Cupertino in April this year. The information is from deadline.
A film and series marketing professional, De Palma was involved in the communications part of Apple TV +, but was recently hired by Paramount Pictures for the position of vice president of home marketing; This will help her develop the marketing strategy for new releases more or less what she was doing at Ma.
With a curriculum that includes Apple and Lionsgate, De Palma can be said to have a busy career and his newest hiring confirms that.
via 9to5Mac, Cult of Mac, Apple World Today