Scott Forstall Was Forced Out of Apple 10 Years Ago

Apple, 10 years ago:

Apple today announced executive management changes that will encourage even more collaboration between the Company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams. As part of these changes, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will add more responsibilities to their roles. Apple also announced that Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple next year and will serve as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook in the interim.

Hard to believe it’s been 10 years. Also hard to believe that Forstall hasn’t done anything else in tech since. He obviously butted heads with the rest of the executive team, and did not last long without Steve Jobs providing him political cover. But he was incredibly successful, and people who worked in his organization loved him. He was demanding, yes, but he went to bat companywide for the people and teams that worked for him. (At least one time, literally.) “Scott had our backs” is a phrase I’ve heard from a slew of people at (or formerly at) Apple.

Less notable, from the same press release:

Additionally, John Browett is leaving Apple.

Monday, 31 October 2022