On Monday, we reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) let go two of their senior executives, namely Scott Forstall and John Browett. Apparently, the firing of Forstall brought a little joy to the company’s engineering department.
Om Malik from GigaOm recently met up with a few sources that were close to the company. They told him that the firing was relatively last minute and that many of the employees didn’t find out until a few minutes prior to the press release. It was also reported that some employees went out for a few “celebratory drinks”.
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Scott Forstall was with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for fifteen years and Browett was still fairly new to the company. Although there is no word on why Apple is letting both executives go, it’s safe to say it probably has something to do with the failed design of the mapping software.
The interesting thing about Forstall’s involvement with the company, was that he was good friends with the late Steve Jobs (co-founder and former CEO of Apple). Unfortunately, his relations with the rest of the company weren’t so good.
It was also reported that Forstall’s ousting was due to his refusal to sign the company’s apology letter, regarding the failed iOS Maps program.
The good news for the company is that Bob Mansfield, Jony Ive, Eddy Cue, and Craig Federighi will take on more work responsibilities for the company. Many of the employees are pleased with Ive’s new position, leading the human interface group.
Every company has to make big changes to benefit their overall business, unfortunately that sometimes results in the loss of jobs for some people. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is a smart company, and Tim Cook is doing his part to lead the company on the path of success. Despite a few glitches (primarily the iOS Maps problem), Cook has proven to be a leader that Jobs would be proud of.