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Two long-term Apple executives in operations — Nick Forlenza and Duco Pasmooij — have left operations, but there are replacements in place, and neither exit was a surprise.
Apple's operations department is the division from which Tim Cook rose to CEO. The division is responsible for every aspect of the supply chain that produces millions of iPhones in a very short period of time — and for delivering these devices to consumers.
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Bloomberg reports on Thursday morning that Forlenza has retired. AppleInsider has been told by sources within Apple not authorized to speak on behalf of the company that the exit was planned, and prepared for, well in advance of the departure.
Pasmooij has been working in Apple's augmented reality program for over a year, after a long stint in operations. While Pasmooij is still working for Apple, he is reportedly "discussing an exit in the near future" according to Bloomberg.
The report claims that neither departure had anything to do with the ongoing coronavirus situation in China, nor are they related. It isn't clear how it would have anything to do with the the virus, given that Pasmooij hasn't been involved in operations since late 2018, and Forlenza appears to have retired in mid-January.