Apple appointed Deirdre O’Brien, a company veteran with 29 years of company experience, to become the first vice president of People on Friday.
O’Brien’s job will entail all human resources functions, from talent development, recruiting, benefits, compensation and business support. She will also be in charge of Apple University, a training facility for Apple employees in Cupertino.
O’Brien is the second Apple employee to receive a public promotion this week. Apple appointed Isabel Ge Mahe, the vice president of wireless technologies, as head of operations in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong on Wednesday.
“As long as I’ve been at Apple, Deirdre has been the glue that bonds our operations, sales, marketing and finance teams to deliver products to our customers,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a company blog post. “Deirdre deeply understands Apple’s unique culture and that people join Apple to do the best work of their lives.”
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O’Brien was hired by Apple in 1988 and worked as vice president of supply chain operations. She played a key in role for every Apple hardware product launch over the past 20 years, according to the company blog post.
“I love Apple and, like so many of my colleagues, I’m honored to have made it my life’s work,” said O’Brien. “I’m excited to begin this new chapter, supporting 120,000 incredibly talented people around the world who are motivated to do amazing things every day.”
O’Brien spoke with the Mercury News last year about Apple on the Cupertino company’s 40th birthday. She said she stuck around Apple during its turbulent days in the 1990s because “she was learning so much.”
“We feel like a small company every day,” O’Brien said about Apple’s company culture during the interview. “We are not worried about protecting things. It’s a very positive rather than a maintenance approach.”
Photo: Deirdre O’Brien, who joined Apple in 1988, was named the company’s new vice president of People. She will oversee all human resources and Apple University. (Courtesy Apple)
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