Apple Names Deirdre O'Brien Vice President of People

Apple Names Deirdre O'Brien Vice President of People

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Apple today announced that Deirdre O'Brien, formerly VP of Worldwide Sales and Operations, has been named VP of People, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Deirdre will lead all HR functions including talent development, recruiting, benefits, compensation and business support, as well as overseeing Apple University.

“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 Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Deirdre deeply understands Apple’s unique culture and that people join Apple to do the best work of their lives. She is a superb leader and I’m thrilled she will be bringing her experience and talent to this critical role.”

Apple Names Deirdre O'Brien Vice President of People

Deirdre joined Apple in 1988 and today runs a global organization dedicated to delivering the world’s best products to customers everywhere. Her role has required exceptional collaboration and leadership across many different parts of the company, and her team’s work has enabled Apple to simultaneously scale rapidly and provide an unmatched customer experience. Deirdre has played a key role in every Apple hardware product launch over the past 20 years.

“I love Apple and, like so many of my colleagues, I’m honored to have made it my life’s work,” said Deirdre. “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. It is a privilege to work among such a diverse and talented team, and to help them thrive here at Apple.”

Deirdre has a bachelor's degree in Operations Management from Michigan State University and an MBA from San Jose State. She assumes her new role this fall.


Apple Names Deirdre O'Brien Vice President of People
van2025 - July 22, 2017 at 6:26am
"President of People" has to be the dumbest job title ever. There is nothing wrong with HR!
Pauliep - July 23, 2017 at 2:52am
Hilarious and true
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