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Apple hires former AstraZeneca CIO David Smoley

Apple has hired the Chief Information Officer of AstraZeneca David Smoley, with the former pharmaceutical executive reportedly taking a similar role within the iPhone maker as a vice president.

David Smoley joined Apple earlier in September, and will be reporting to Chief Information Officer Mary Demby in his new position. Apple confirmed the hiring of Smoley on Friday.

While Smoley's work will likely be similar in scope to that of his time at AstraZeneca, it is thought by sources of Bloomberg he won't be involved in Apple's healthcare arm at this time. AstraZeneca has so far declined to pass comment on the former executive.

Before working as the CIO for pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca for six years, Smoley held the same position of CIO as well as Senior Vice President of Flextronics from December 2016, and before that CIO and Vice President of Aerospace Electronic Systems at Honeywell. Smoley has worked as the Director and CIO for GE Power Controls in Barcelona, Spain, and has served as a member of advisory bards for HotLink, SnapLogic, Egnyte, Trifacta, and InformationWeek.

A graduate of Clemson University with a BS in Computer Science and an MBA in Marketing and General Management from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Smoley is also identified as an early adopter of cloud computing. He is also the recipient of the Fisher-Hopper Prize, for a Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership" according to his LinkedIn profile.