Gil Amelio, Apple Computer CEO, has appointed Ellen Hancock, his former colleague at National Semiconductor, as executive vice-president of research and development and chief technology officer at the company.
She resigned from National Semiconductor in May after 29 years at IBM.
Hancock will be responsible for Apple's research labs, software and networking divisions. She will develop Apple's technology and corporate alliances.
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Over the same period, Apple's turnover dropped by 31 per cent in April and 33 per cent in May, while its unit shipments fell by 29 per cent in April and 27 per cent in May.
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