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Apple iPad and Mac operations VP Rita Lane retires

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.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: 08-20-01

    Well, judging from her performance I'd rather say she was fired. Exhibit A: the story right underneath this one here on MacNN, about Mac Pro shipping times slipping into April. Or let's recall the disastrous iMac intro of late 2012 (or to be precise, early 2013).

    Seriously, for a company that has an operations guy at the helm, Apple had an abysmal track record.

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