Apple hires IBM exec to fill General Counsel vacancy

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Apple Computer said Monday that Donald J. Rosenberg, senior vice president and general counsel of IBM, will join the company as its senior vice president and general counsel.

Rosenberg replaces Nancy Heinen, who departed back in May, and will report directly to Apple chief executive Steve Jobs.

"We're thrilled to welcome such a seasoned professional to our executive team," said Jobs. "Don has a broad range of experience that includes litigation, securities, intellectual property and antitrust, and he will be responsible for overseeing all legal matters and government affairs for Apple."

In his over 30 years at IBM, Rosenberg held numerous positions including senior vice president and general counsel; vice president and assistant general counsel for litigation; and counsel to the company's mainframe division, where he played a key role in formulating its policies with regard to intellectual property protection.

His focus on securities, intellectual property and competition issues has involved extensive interaction with the SEC, the US Department of Justice and the European Economic Commission.

Rosenberg received a B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a J.D. from St. John's University School of Law where he was an editor of the Law Review.


  • Reply 1 of 5
    Big Broth--- I mean, IBM?
  • Reply 2 of 5
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    Nice bit o' recruiting there, guys!
  • Reply 3 of 5
    eckingecking Posts: 1,588member
    Looks like apple has a new consigliere.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 32,949member
    This is a good, and surprising, hire.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    This is smart to get someone experienced in competition in case Apple gets the microsoft treatment on bundling safari/itunes/mac/osx etc. etc. the same way microsoft's being scrutinized for explorer/mediaplayer/pc/windoze, etc. etc. Apple's getting big enough that the money-grubbers in the competition bureau at the EU might look for some "fines"/funding from apple soon, as well.
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