updated 10:16 am EST, Tue February 11, 2014
Executive may have been key to iPad growth
Rita Lane -- Apple's VP of operations for the iPad, Mac desktops, and Mac accessories -- has retired from the company, according to a LinkedIn profile update. Lane was specifically responsible for handling supply chain and manufacturing issues. As a result she may have been critical to the success of the iPad, since the company has had to overcome a number of manufacturing obstacles to meet demand for the tablet. Only since late 2012 has the company had relative ease in satisfying demand, and then not for all models.
Lane's replacement hasn't been identified. She was initially recruited in 2008 from Motorola, where she had been serving as senior VP for that company's supply chain. Prior to that, she was IBM's supply chain VP for xSeries and Storage.