Apple lost former PA Semi CEO Dan Dobberpuhl in the middle of last year, according to CNET. Dobberpuhl is a significant loss because he’s seen as one of the smarter people in the processor industry. That being said, Apple did get its silicon, the A4, out the door, so it isn’t certain what effect, if any, his departure will have.
Dobberpuhl isn’t alone. Other key PA Semi team members have left Apple, including one of PA Semi’s leading members, Mark Hayter…[Dobberpuhl] was the CEO at PA Semi and leader of the team, and one of the guys that was driving the whole thing…those guys are start-up kind of people, and within the structure of Apple, they may [have been] chafing.”
On the hiring side, Apple picked up former Google product Manager RJ Pittman according to TechCrunch. It isn’t clear what Pittman will be doing at Apple (nor may it ever be) but TechCrunch speculates that it may have something to do with Apple’s streaming music aquisition, Lala. So much for that “Gentleman’s agreement” not to hire people from each other.
Speaking of picking up competitors’ people, Apple hired Kiyoshi Kobayashi (no relation to the Kobayashi below), a six-year Nokia vet as Senior Manager, Product Marketing. Kobayashi will be doing the same kind of work at Apple, but will also be watched closely in the Apple cafeteria.
Oh, and there is this Richard DeVaul (pictured) character doing secret wearable technology stuff for Jonny Ive.