Apple put out a press release this morning announcing the departure of Tony Fadell and his wife, Danielle Lambert who is the vice president of human resources at Apple. The release cites the need for them to “devote more time to their young family.” Fadell is the dude who came up with the idea of the iPod and shopped it around to a number of companies. But only Apple listened to him and as they say, the rest is history.
Replacing Fadell is Mark Papermaster who while at IBM was the exec in charge of the Power series of processors. IBM isn’t really happy about this as they are suing Papermaster to keep that from happening:
IBM issued this statement: “Mr. Papermaster’s employment by Apple is a violation of his agreement with IBM against working for a competitor should he leave IBM. We will vigorously pursue this case in court.”
This likely has something to do with the fact that Apple bought P.A. Semiconductor not too long ago. The iPhone uses chips from that company, and the designs of these chips are based on the IBM Power architecture. Thus the reason why Apple would be interested in Papermaster.
I can see this being a protracted fight because “The Steve” clearly has plans for this guy. So do not be shocked if Apple pays IBM to make this case go away.