updated 09:35 am EST, Wed November 12, 2008
Apple enterprise VP gone?
The senior VP of Apple's enterprise sales division is leaving the company and will not be replaced, reports claim. Al Shipp, said to have been with Apple since 2004, is departing for places and reasons unknown. His immediate subordinates will instead have to follow John Brandon, the senior VP of sales for the Americas and Asia-Pacific. These include Stuart Maclennan, a director of territory sales; David Puklin, a director of named accounts; and Ron Police, the VP for federal and governmental sales.
If Apple is indeed not searching for a replacement, it could represent either a general reorganization within the company, or a move further away from the enterprise world. Apple has never made special effort to appeal to corporate clients, and in fact eliminated the Xserve RAID earlier this year. This is despite a growing adoption of Macs in the enterprise world, which rose from 1.1 percent in October 2006 to 4.5 percent in June 2007.