Tony Fadell Leaving Apple for Greener Pastures

Former iPod division senior vice president Tony Fadell and current advisor to Apple CEO Steve Jobs is finally leaving the company to work with green technology companies. Mr. Fadell worked for Apple for nine years, and was known at the company as the godfather of the iPod.

Once free from his obligations to Apple, Mr. Fadell plans to try his hand at working in an advisory position with companies that focus on green technologies, according to the New York Times.

“My primary focus will be helping the environment by working with consumer green-tech companies,” Mr. Fadell said. “I’m determined to tell my kids and grandkids amazing stories beyond my iPod and iPhone ones.”

Mr. Fadell’s departure comes only days before the April 3rd launch of Apple’s iPad, a multimedia tablet device that runs a version of the iPhone OS. Considering that he was working in an advisory position, however, it isn’t likely that severing his last remaining business ties with the company will have an impact on the iPad’s launch or future development.