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Apple Hires Its First People Officer in Executive Reshuffle

  • Company taps Medtronic’s Carol Surface to fill new role
  • The duties had been overseen by Apple retail chief O’Brien
The Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. 

The Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. 

Photographer: Sam Hall/Bloomberg
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Apple Inc. is hiring its first chief people officer and shifting human resources duties from its head of retail, overhauling the way the tech giant hires and supports employees.

The company is naming Carol Surface to the new role, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in a memo to employees. That moves the responsibilities from Deirdre O’Brien, who has long run Apple’s human resources in addition to serving as its retail chief — a role she’ll continue to hold.