• Evan Doll becomes a director of health software engineering
  • Doll helped develop first iPhone before leaving in 2009

Apple Inc. has hired Flipboard co-Founder Evan Doll to help the world’s largest publicly trading technology company develop more health-related software, according to Doll’s LinkedIn profile.  

Doll became a director of health software engineering at Apple last month, according to LinkedIn, which doesn’t expand further on his role. During his previous stint at Apple, from about 2003 to 2009, the software engineer helped develop the iPhone operating system. He left to found digital news magazine app Flipboard with Mike McCue.

When Apple unveiled its News service in June 2015, it was compared to Flipboard’s offering and the startup took it as a competitive move. Doll left Flipboard in September, part of an exodus of executives and other talent from the struggling company.

Apple has been beefing up its engineering team for health-care applications, hiring Sage Bionetworks founder and Merck & Co. veteran Stephen Friend and former Nest Labs technology chief Yoky Matsuoka earlier this year. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook is increasingly positioning the Apple Watch as a wellness accessory as he tries to win a slice of the $4.6 trillion U.S. health and fitness industry. An Apple spokeswoman and Doll didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday.

The new operating system for the Watch, which will be rolled out to consumers later this year, includes more prominent placement for fitness tracking measures and an app which guides users through breathing exercises to foster relaxation.

After leaving Flipboard, Doll spent several months as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Menlo Park, California-based Redpoint Ventures.

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