Richard Williamson, who oversaw the mapping team, was fired by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, said the people, who asked not to be named because the information wasn’t yet public. Cue, who took over last month as part of a management shakeup, is seeking advice from outside mapping-technology experts and prodding digital maps provider TomTom NV to fix landmark and navigation data it shares with Apple.
iOS chief Scott Forstall is leaving the company next year, all part of the fallout form a managerial shakeup last month, and his responsibilities have been delegated to other executives. Eddy Cue is now overseeing Maps in addition to his other duties. The hope is that Cue can help fix the popular target for critics.
Cue is reported to be taking a hands-on approach to the Maps issues, and the firing of Williamson looks to be the first step in Cue building his own team to address the service’s numerous issues.