Adrian Perica started working at Apple in 2009. Since then, he has taken care of mergers and acquisitions at the company. Today, Perica received a nice promotion. As we can see on the Apple leadership page, he now holds the position of vice president of corporate development, reporting directly to Tim Cook (formerly reporting to CFO Luca Maestri).
Since joining the company, he has overseen the successful integration of vital technologies and new businesses in hardware, software and services – and here it is worth remembering the biggest one, Beats, for $ 3 billion.
Before going to Apple, the executive worked at Goldman Sachs (Apple’s new partner in his credit card venture) for eight years and, prior to that, at Deloitte Consulting (another major Apple partner) and was an Army officer from the USA.
Perica has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the famous MIT. He is also currently on the board of directors of Didi Chuxing, which has already received a $ 1 billion investment from Apple.
Does a new major acquisition come around?
Update Apr 4, 2019 at 10:06
According to Mark Gurman, Bloomberg, Perica has already held the position of VP of corporate development for some time. The novelty was the change in structure, as he now reports to the CEO instead of the CFO.
Coincidentally – or not – this change occurred just as Wall Street analysts are asking Apple to consider making larger acquisitions. In 2018, it bought 18 companies, but none of them exceeded the $ 1 billion threshold.
Gurman also commented that Perica is part of a select group. In total, there are 20 executives at Apple who report directly to the CEO – including everyone on the company’s leadership page, as well as Mike Fenger and Doug Beck (both vice presidents of sales), who are not listed on the page.