Apple University's Joel Podolny Goes Full-Time, Drops Human Resources Job

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's current head of human resources, Joel Podolny, has left his role to focus full-time on Apple University, according to Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet, who spoke to Bloomberg. Apple University is called "an increasingly important resource" in the note written to the news site.
    Podolny, formerly the dean of Yale University's School of Management, helped to establish Apple University, a management training program designed to train future Apple executives, alongside Steve Jobs. Apple University reportedly teaches specific tenets laid out by Jobs, including accountability, attention to detail, perfectionism, simplicity, and secrecy.

    Classes have been taught by both noted professors and Apple executives, under Podolny's guidance. Some case studies have included the story behind Apple's retail strategy and its approach to commissioning factories in China. Lectures also aim to cover crises and missteps experienced by both Apple and other major businesses to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

    To replace Podolny, Apple has tapped its vice president of global retail stores, Denise Young Smith, who will be the new head of human resources.

    Along with the shifting roles for Podolny and Young Smith, Apple has lost Rita Lane, vice president of operations for the iPad, Macs, and Mac accessories, who recently retired from the company.

    (Image courtesy of CNN)

    Article Link: Apple University's Joel Podolny Goes Full-Time, Drops Human Resources Job
  2. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Some would say Polodny is now overseeing Steve Jobs' most important creation: the unique kind of company Apple is.
  3. Will do good macrumors 6502a

    Will do good

    Mar 24, 2010
    Keeping Steve's vision would be the most important job.
  4. thasan macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2007
    whats with the photo? in front of a trailer ... with a coffee cup? :confused:
  5. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    As long as his vision is still relevant today. Times change.
  6. flottenheimer macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2008
    Up north
  7. DaveTheRave macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2003
  8. dysamoria macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2011
    How about ethics? They cover ethics, right? And how to treat employee with dignity and humanity?

  9. g4dualie macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2013
    Phoenix, Arizona
    He's onsite, I would imagine, overseeing the area that will become Apple's new campus.
  10. James Blunt macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2014

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