Apple Hires New VP Of The Americas And Asia Pacific

Apple has announced the hiring of John Brandon as vice president of the Americas and Asia Pacific. Mr. Brandon logged ten years with Adobe at a time when that company derived most of its income from the Mac platform. He resigned from his position at Adobe in May of 1997 to serve as president and CEO of Academic Systems which itself is a higher-education division of Lightspan, also an education company. Academic Systems produces a Web based "online content library that supplements faculty teaching and supports student learning inside and outside the classroom."

According to Apple:

Apple® today announced that John Brandon has joined the Company as vice president of the Americas and Asia Pacific. Brandon will lead Appleis sales for the U.S., Canada, South America and Asia Pacific, excluding education and Appleis retail stores.

"Johnis impressive track record shows his ability to significantly grow market share and provide excellent leadership to his teams," said Tim Cook, Appleis senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations. "We are excited to have him as a member of our management team."

Brandon joins Apple from Academic Systems Corporation (ASC), where he served as president and chief executive officer. Under his leadership, ASC became the leading supplier of technology-based content to the higher education market. He also spent ten years at Adobe Systems, Inc., helping to create their application software business, and serving as vice president and general manager of North America from 1994 to 1997. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Davis.

Mr. Brandon is effectively replacing Mitch Mandich who resigned last fall.