According to a Bloomberg report, Doug Beck, Apple’s senior sales executive, is about to leave Apple to join the U.S. Department of Defense in a senior position. This is another important executive that Apple has lost recently.
The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed the news in a statement Tuesday and praised Doug Beck for his nearly 15 years at Apple. Doug Beck joined Apple in 2009 and has been reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook. During this time, Doug Beck helped lead Apple’s global operations and managed Apple’s operations in Asia and the Americas.
The Pentagon also said Baker has “more than 15 years of experience living and working throughout Asia, including Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and Indonesia.” involved in military operations in Afghanistan.
In a statement, Apple said, “We support Doug Beck in his public service and wish him well.” Doug Beck is reportedly one of “fewer than 20” executives reporting directly to Cook. However, his departure is undoubtedly another big loss for Apple, which has lost in recent months a number of people responsible for industrial design, hardware and software engineering, procurement, sales in emerging markets, subscription and cloud services, online retail and Senior executives in areas such as information systems.
Another Apple executive, Michael Abbott, who was in charge of iCloud and other Apple online services like FaceTime and iMessage, has also announced he will leave the company later this month. Prior to this, Peter Stern, Apple’s vice president of services, also announced his departure plan.
While some executives left Apple voluntarily, others are about to lose their jobs. Apple is cutting some positions from its retail team, despite efforts to avoid mass layoffs. Although the number of layoffs is said to be “few”, it also shows that even Apple has been affected by the current global economic situation.