More Apple Computer staff will be laid off under the regime of interim chief executive Steve Jobs, as the company continues restructuring. And the resignation of marketing chief Guerrino de Luca has raised fears that an exodus of vice presidents is under way.
Following the announcement that Apple?s quality assurance division and the advanced technology group will be dissolved (see Newswire 16 September), redundancies are inevitable. The company said it hopes to redeploy staff in other positions and did not say how many employees would be laid off.
But one analyst said Jobs? dominating presence is forcing too many competent vice presidents out of the company because they disagree with him or because they fear their careers may be limited under him. De Luca is said to have quit after splitting with Jobs over his decision to end cloning (see Newswire 18 September).
Apple has shed over 4,100 staff in the past two years and many senior executives have left in recent months.
Analysts said Apple?s redundancies are not surprising for a company in its precarious position and under a new board of directors, but worried that the cuts may damage its ability to be successful and hamper Jobs? attempts to pull the company out of financial trouble.
One said loss making but innovative groups at Apple may suffer, including the operating system enhancement team that invested in Quick Time.
An Apple representative said the layoffs were part of an ongoing review of its business from top to bottom. "We will be eliminating some jobs in some organisations but the first priority is redeploying people to different groups."
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