Apple Promotes Two Key Executives

Apple names a new chief operating officer and senior vice president of its iPod division.

Apple Computer Inc. Friday juggled two senior management positions, promoting Tim Cook to chief operating officer and Tony Fadell to senior vice president of the iPod division.

Cook, 44, who has served Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple as executive vice president of worldwide sales and operations for three years, will continue to report to CEO Steve Jobs.

He will also continue to be responsible for all of the companys worldwide sales and operations and will continue to head the companys Macintosh Division.

In addition, he will work closely with Jobs and the executive team to lead Apples overall business. Cook will displace no one in his new position, the company said.

"Tim has been doing this job for over two years now, and its high time we officially recognized it with this promotion," Jobs said.

Fadell, 36, will report to Jobs as well and take over all aspects of iPod engineering. He replaces 15-year Apple employee and executive Jon Rubinstein, who has elected to retire effective March 31, 2006.

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"Ive worked with Jon for over 15 years, and were going to miss him," said Jobs.

"Jon has done an excellent job as a member of Apples senior management team, as well as building our world-class iPod engineering team and running our hardware engineering team prior to that."

"Tony has been doing a superb job running a large part of the iPod engineering team, and were expecting a very smooth transition," added Jobs.

Cook joined Apple in 1998 as senior vice president of operations, and was promoted to executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations in 2002.

His responsibilities were expanded to include leading Apples Macintosh Division in 2004. Before joining Apple, Cook was a vice president at Compaq and also spent 12 years with IBM.

Fadell joined Apples iPod engineering team in 2001 and was promoted to vice president of iPod engineering in 2004.

Prior to joining Apple, Fadell worked at Philips Electronics and was a hardware and software architect at General Magic.

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