Apple brings top European exec to the US

Filling the third top management position since Gil Amelio took charge as chairman and CEO in February, Apple has announced that Marco Landi, 52, will become vice-president and chief operating officer of the downsized company.

Landi, president of Apple Europe since March 1995, will relocate from Paris to Cupertino, California, on June 1. Before coming to Apple, Landi spent 25 years with Texas Instruments in Asia and Europe.

Amelio, who came from National Semiconductor, took command at Apple after a period of top-level turmoil when a third of the company's managers at the vice president level and above resigned. The previous COO, Michael Spindler, resigned in February 1995 after a two-year stint in the position. Since February, Amelio has hired George Scalise as chief administrative officer and Fred Anderson as chief financial officer.

In his new position as COO, Landi will take charge of the company's four product divisions, including Mac products, information appliances, alternative platforms and peripherals, and customer service programs, but will not oversee software development or Internet strategy, according to Nancy Paxton, manager of corporate relations for Apple.

"Having a COO in place will free up Amelio to be more of a strategist and long-range planner instead of managing day-to-day business," says Paxton.

Apple expects to hire several more key executives in the next few months, according to Paxton.

Apple can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.apple.com.

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