Apple is hiring Medtronic’s Carol Surface as its new chief people officer, reports Bloomberg. Surface is set to start at Apple in March and will report directly to CEO Tim Cook. Apple head of retail Deirdre O’Brien had been handling the “chief people officer” role, but Apple has removed the duties from O’Brien.
Surface is currently Chief Human Resources Officer at Medtronic. She has been with the company for more than nine years.
O’Brien will continue to be Apple’s retail chief, while Surface will lead the “People” team, which is usually called Human Resources at most companies. The “People” team takes care of the usual HR duties, such as talent development, recruiting, employee relations, benefits, compensation, inclusion and diversity, and more.