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A litigation brawl between Nokia and Apple over intellectual property has ended just five months after it started.
The companies said today they have settled all outstanding litigation and agreed to a patent license. While exact financial terms are confidential, Apple will be making an up-front cash payment to Nokia, followed by additional payments over the course of the agreement.
“This is a meaningful agreement between Nokia and Apple,” Maria Varsellona, Chief Legal Officer at Nokia, said in a statement. “It moves our relationship with Apple from being adversaries in court to business partners working for the benefit of our customers.”
Denise Young Smith, who served as Apple’s head of Worldwide Human Resources, has taken on a new role, according to her LinkedIn page. Going forward, Smith will tackle diversity issues at the company as Apple’s Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity.
Denise Young Smith is Apple’s vice president of Inclusion and Diversity at Apple. She reports to CEO Tim Cook.
Since joining Apple in 1997, Denise has served in several key HR roles. Most recently as Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources and Talent. For over 10 years, she sat on the leadership team that built Apple’s retail organization, which now welcomes more than one million people every day. Apple stores have redefined the retail experience and their talented employees have become the face of Apple for customers around the world. Before retail, Denise ran HR for Apple’s Worldwide Operations and Corporate Employee Relations teams.
According to an internal source that spoke to 9to5Mac, Smith has already taken on the new role at Apple, though her executive page on Apple’s leadership site has yet to be updated. With Smith moving to her new role, Apple will have no head of HR, a role that Luca Maestri, Apple CFO, will temporarily fill.
Smith, who has been with Apple for more than 20 years, will report directly to Tim Cook. As HR head, Smith has already been involved in many diversity programs at Apple and her new role suggests Apple is taking diversity and inclusion more seriously.
Apple’s previous head of diversity and inclusion, Jeffrey Siminoff, was in a director role that reported to Smith, but Smith’s position is executive level, which TechCrunch says represents a “significant upscaling of responsibility” compared to the role Siminoff previously held.
According to Apple’s latest worldwide diversity numbers, the company is 68 percent male and 32 percent female, while in the U.S., employees are 56 percent white, 19 percent Asian, 12 percent Hispanic, and nine percent black.
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In a not-so-surprising move, Apple has appointed Denise Young Smith as its first-ever head of diversity and inclusion. Smith previously served as head of worldwide human resources at Apple for three years, and has been involved in diversity programs at Apple for years. In her new role, Smith will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Read More
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