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Apple fires Maps manager Richard Williamson

Apple has reportedly fired Richard Williamson, the employee who oversaw the iOS 6 Maps team, according to a recent report from Bloomberg. The decision was apparently made by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, who recently took over Maps and Siri services following a major executive shake-up late last month that saw the departure of iOS Senior VP Scott Forstall. Cue is reportedly now looking to install a new leadership team for the Maps group while also seeking advice from mapping experts outside of Apple and urging TomTom NV to fix the mapping data it shares with the company. Notably, Forstall’s fate may also have been at least partially related to the introduction of Apple’s Maps, as he allegedly refused to sign Apple’s apology letter for the application’s maligned launch.

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Here’s a bus…consider yourself thrown under it…

Posted by Handsome Dan on November 27, 2012 at 6:32 PM (CST)


Competitive under bus throwing or not, he was the actual project manager of what became a big PR mess for Apple. And, if we’re being objective, the fact that he didn’t lose his job until nearly 2 months after this became an issue says it’s probably less bus throwing and more “after carefully reviewing everything that went wrong, Williamson not only failed to execute his job properly, but he mislead upper management about the state of readiness of the Maps project leading to substantial loss of face for Apple”.

The guy should just be glad this isn’t feudal Japan ;-)

Posted by Code Monkey on November 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM (CST)

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