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Apple Management-Training Chief Joel Podolny Leaves for Startup

  • Podolny was hired by Steve Jobs to teach new managers in 2009
  • Former executive was previously dean of Yale management school
Joel Podolny in 2005.

Joel Podolny in 2005.

Photographer: Jonathan Elmer/Bloomberg

Joel Podolny, the longtime dean of the Apple University in-house management training school, left the company earlier this year to join a startup, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Podolny had run the program since early 2009, when he was hired by former Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs to create the program. He previously served as a dean of the Yale School of Management and a professor at Harvard University.