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Tony Fadell, Senior VP of iPod Division, Leaves Apple

Tony Fadell is the Senior Vice President of the iPod Division at Apple Inc., having succeeded Jon Rubinstein in 2006. According to the Wall Street Journal Fadell is stepping down from his position at Apple, and the company has hired Mark Papermaster from IBM to replace him.

ogipodAccording to the Wall Street Journal, Fadell is leaving the company for personal reasons.

Tony Fadell, a senior executive who was instrumental in the development of the iPod, is leaving Apple for personal reasons, people familiar with the matter said. Mark Papermaster, a former executive for International Business Machine Corp., will be joining Apple later this month to replace Mr. Fadell, the same people said.

During the 90’s, Fadell had a vision to create the “Dell of the Consumer Electronics.” So he started a company called Fuse and began to develop the idea. The primary device Fadell had in mind was a small hard-disk based portable music player. After Fuse failed to get a second round of funding, the company went under, and Fadell began exploring opportunities and developing ideas at other companies. In 2000, he first approached RealNetworks, but left after only six weeks. The second company he approached was Apple.

“He started working for Apple from February 2001 as a contractor designing the iPod and planning Apple’s audio product strategy. In April 2001 he was hired by Apple to assemble and run its iPod & Special Projects group, where he has overseen the design and production of the iPod and iSight devices. He was promoted to vice president of iPod engineering in 2004. On October 14, 2005, Apple announced that Fadell would replace the retiring Jon Rubinstein as Senior Vice President of the iPod Division on March 31, 2006. On November 3 2008, Wall Street Journal broke the story of Tony’s departure from Apple,” Wikipedia explains.

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