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Apple's North American head of sales to leave company after two years on the job

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Coming on the heels of Wednesday's news that veteran PR chief Katie Cotton would be leaving the company, Apple announced its North American head of sales Zane Rowe is also leaving for reasons unknown.


Continental Airlines via CNN


Zane Rowe
New Apple Vice President of Sales Zane Rowe. | Source: All Things D


Unlike Cotton, who is leaving Apple after 18 years to spend more time with her children, the circumstances surrounding Rowe's departure are unclear, reports The Wall Street Journal. The head of sales was initially brought on just two years ago after serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer at United Continental.

After his 19-year stint at Continental Airlines -- which subsequently merged with United Airlines -- Rowe faced a change in roles upon arriving at Apple. Instead of financial oversight, the executive took on sales including Apple's important enterprise and educational sales initiatives. In addition, Rowe was responsible for sales to retail outlets and cellular phone carriers.

Taking over for Rowe will be Apple's head of sales for Japan and Korea Doug Beck, who will add North America to his current responsibilities. Apple has seen huge gains in East Asia over the past year, especially in Japan where the iPhone is now a dominant force thanks to a hard-won partnership with the country's largest telecom NTT DoCoMo.

"Doug Beck has done a great job helping to grow Apple's business in Japan and Korea. His role is expanding to include North America sales as well," said Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet.

Apple did not comment on the timing of Rowe's official departure, nor did the company say when Beck will take control of North American sales operations.
post #2 of 13
Could it be that good ol' Angie is cleaning up the place?
post #3 of 13
Doesn't anyone proof read articles at AE? "...to leave company after two yearS on the job". More than one is plural.
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Originally Posted by jakeu26 View Post

Could it be that good ol' Angie is cleaning up the place?
1confused.gif this guy worked in sales. Sales reports to Cook, not Retail.
post #5 of 13
Hopefully, Angela contacts some former members and brings them back into the company.
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Doesn't anyone proof read articles at AE? "...to leave company after two yearS on the job". More than one is plural.

AE? Who or what is AE?

Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

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Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

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post #7 of 13
He knows he wasn't going to be the next CFO at Apple. He probably wants to go somewhere his career can
advance more and sooner.
post #8 of 13
His record showed he cannot be opening up more meaningful accounts in the enterprise and educational markets...so OUT with the allegrator purse
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His record showed he cannot be opening up more meaningful accounts in the enterprise and educational markets...so OUT with the allegrator purse

allegrator? allegrator? Aren't those endangered??
"That (the) world is moving so quickly that iOS is already amongst the older mobile operating systems in active development today." — The Verge
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"That (the) world is moving so quickly that iOS is already amongst the older mobile operating systems in active development today." — The Verge
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Hopefully, Angela contacts some former members and brings them back into the company.

That would be wrong for somebody to leave a company, start working at the NeXT company, then encourage a whole bunch of former colleagues to come with you.

Cough. Cough.
post #11 of 13
He got fired. End of story.
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I never did like his BBC Radio 1 show.

post #13 of 13
Seems like a more appropriate story to headline with "sack" but I guess Apple doesn't do that here...
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