The Straits Times
Published on Oct 30, 2012

Apple software, retail chiefs out in sweeping overhaul


SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) – Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Monday replaced the heads of its software and retail units in the company’s most sweeping executive shake-up in a decade following embarrassing problems with its new mapping program and unpopular store-related decisions.

Software chief Scott Forstall, who oversaw the launch of the flawed mapping software and much criticised Siri voice-enabled assistant, will leave Apple next year and serve as an advisor to Mr Cook in the meantime.

Mr Forstall, seen as a polarising figure inside Apple, had been billed as one of the future candidates to take the top job at Apple. He was the executive behind the panned Apple Maps app that the company announced with much fanfare in summer.

The moves, which come a little more than a year into Mr Cook’s tenure as CEO, were described by Apple as a way to increase “collaboration” across its hardware, software and services business.