Apple adds communications chief Stella Low to leadership webpage

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in General Discussion edited July 23
After announcing her hire in May, Apple on Friday updated its Leadership webpage to reflect the former Cisco executive's new role as VP of Communications.

Stella Low


The updated webpage includes the customary Apple headshot, a rundown of Low's work history and a brief biography. In her new position, Low will report directly to CEO Tim Cook and is responsible for the company's worldwide communications strategy, public relations team and employee communications, Apple says.

With 30 years in marketing and communications, Low previously worked for Cisco in a similar role and held positions at Dell and EMC.

Apple notes Low is originally from the UK and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Studies from London South Bank University. In addition to her corporate duties, she serves on the board of the Bay Area division of the American Heart Association, according to her profile.

Apple announced Low's hire in May. At the time, the company in a statement said it "has an important story to tell -- from the transformative products and services we make, to the positive impacts we have on our communities and the world -- and Stella is a great leader to help us write the next chapter."

Low fills a spot left vacant by former VP of Communications Steve Dowling, who left Apple in 2019.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    red oakred oak Posts: 886member
    It is a failure of an established organization when they do not promote from within.  


  • Reply 2 of 8
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 10,270member
    "What we have here is a failure to communicate!"
  • Reply 3 of 8
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 775member
    red oak said:
    It is a failure of an established organization when they do not promote from within.  


    We do not know the circumstances why they didn’t. Perhaps people applied, interviewed but were not chosen. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 8
    bageljoeybageljoey Posts: 1,937member
    red oak said:
    It is a failure of an established organization when they do not promote from within.  


    Exactly! Because every single employee at a company should start in the mail room at 15. Because hiring anyone who worked anywhere else is failure!! 
    :s
    I guess Apple never should have hired Tim Cook—he came from Compaq after 10 years at IBM and another place. Steve Jobs was CEO of Apple when Apple hired Cook and we all know Jobs was pretty much a failure through and through. 


    edited July 24 watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 8
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,741member
    red oak said:
    It is a failure of an established organization when they do not promote from within.  
    Sometimes.  Other times circumstances are not ideal and you do what you need to do.
  • Reply 6 of 8
    mobirdmobird Posts: 621member
    I find it interesting that the position remained open for so long. Doesn't sound like Dowling was good at people development although he did have many others accomplishments. Who was doing his annual review (Phil or Tim)? Seems like that would be a topic of discussion. This is not necessarily a failure but it appears no one ever considered Dowling leaving the position, ever.
    edited July 24 watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 8
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 10,270member
    red oak said:
    It is a failure of an established organization when they do not promote from within.  



    I would say that the failure came when they CAN'T promote from within.   It is a sign that they either did not hire well at the beginning or that they did not develop the employees that they did hire.

    (But also, sometimes a company thinks that a radical shift from their existing culture is needed and goes outside for a disrupt-er.  Or, sometimes it's the "Peter Principle" where the company recognizes that their existing employees are very good doing what they do but are not well suited for managerial or executive ranks)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 8
    So… wait… this position has been VACANT for TWO YEARS? 

    Just how important is this position really? 

    And Apple felt they needed to hire Dell people? 

    Hopefully she is not bringing Dell influence or Dell culture with her. 
    watto_cobra
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