updated 09:20 am EDT, Fri September 28, 2007
Oracle exec joins Apple
Apple has announced the addition of Daniel Cooperman, formerly of Oracle, as the company's new senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Cooperman will begin his new role on November 1st, reprising the same essential tasks he had at his former employer. The announcement coincides with the departure of predecessor Donald Rosenberg, who was only hired by Apple in late 2006, and was reportedly lured with the equivalent of $18 million in stock. No reason has been given for Rosenberg's leaving the position of general counsel, but it has been indicated that he is departing the company entirely rather than assuming another job title.
Of Cooperman, a statement by Apple CEO Steve Jobs reads, "Dan will be an excellent addition to our team and will fit right into Apple's fast paced culture...Dan is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in securities compliance, intellectual property, litigation and corporate governance."
Prior to Rosenberg's hiring, the previous general counsel was Nancy Heinen, is who is currently being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission for backdating stock grants to Apple executives. Among the executives was Jobs himself, although his peers have denied that he was aware of the accounting issues of backdating.