Mark Papermaster to Start Work at Apple

January 28th, 2009 at 12:00 am

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Well, it look’s like Mark Papermaster is going to work for Apple anyway.  After Apple first announced that they hired the 26-year company veteran, IBM instantly protested.  The protest came in a form of a lawsuit against Papermaster and Apple.  IBM contested that Papermaster was under a non-disclosure agreement and that if Apple hired him, he could spill some industry secrets to Apple.

Fortunately for Apple, the issue with IBM has been resolved and Papermaster will be heading the iPod and iPhone department starting in April.

CUPERTINO, California—January 27, 2009—Apple® today announced that Mark Papermaster will be coming to Apple as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, on April 24. Papermaster, who comes to Apple from IBM, will lead Apple’s iPod® and iPhone™ hardware engineering teams. The litigation between IBM and Mark Papermaster has been resolved. [Apple]

Terms of the resolution have not been disclosed.

There are two possibilities for the resolution. First, Apple could have just paid off IBM with cash or an ex-deal or second, the NDA was proven to be invalid.  Nevertheless, Apple is getting their pick.

Papermaster has 25 years of product and technology experience, and was previously a vice president at IBM. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1988. Papermaster is active with the University of Texas where he is a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Council.