Apple has hired a former chief executive of IBM as its global operating system and applications development executive.
Jochen Wegmann, who served as CEO of IBM Americas in Europe, is the first outside IBM executive since 2008 to serve as head of a major global operating systems and applications developer.
He will be responsible for the global teams in product, operations and engineering, Apple said in a statement.
Wegman joined Apple in 2015 after serving as its chief technology officer at the time of the $US100 billion merger with IBM.
Apple has previously said it is looking for a leader in global operations, a role that will include helping build and manage the company’s new software and services businesses.
We have also hired a global operations executive to lead Apple’s cloud and cloud services businesses, according to the company.
Apple’s recent announcements about its new products and services focus on creating a unified experience across the company and expanding its software portfolio to more businesses.
In addition to Apple’s new cloud services and cloud computing, the company has been developing its own cloud operating system for iOS and OS X.
Apple will be the first company to launch iOS 10, which it expects to be released in the first quarter of 2019, the statement said.