Gil Amelio's days as chief executive of Apple may be numbered, following the departure last week of his senior vice president George Scalise.
Scalise was often referred to as Amelio's right hand man, having moved to Apple from National Semiconductor with Amelio in last February. He will leave at the end of this month to become president of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Apple said it had not yet made a decision on Scalise's replacement.
Scalise is the latest and highest ranking executive to leave the company since chief operating officer, Marco Landi, left earlier this year.
According to recent reports, the recent return of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as consultant, reduced Scalises's influence and prompted his decision to leave. Jobs returned to Apple after it bought his company, NeXT Software, late last year.
The news also cast doubts over the future of Apple's Newton handheld computer. Scalise had overall control of the product, but, according to US reports, Jobs said that the company should abandon the Newton as a failed product.
Another executive who announced his departure from the troubled company last week was Jan Gesmar-Larsen (see story below).
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