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Apple Hires United Continental CFO as VP of Sales


AllThingsD reports that Zane Rowe, executive VP and Chief Financial Officer for United Continental -- the company behind the merged United and Continental airlines -- has joined Apple as one of the vice presidents of sales at Apple.
“We are thrilled that Zane Rowe will be joining us as one of our vice presidents of sales,” Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told AllThingsD. “He built a great team at United and we think he is going to do a fantastic job at Apple.”
United Continental Holdings President and CEO Jeff Smisek said the company was "sorry Zane has decided to leave." Mr. Zane had worked for Continental Airlines since 1993.

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31 months ago
Tim Cook isn't stupid. That's all you need to know for now.
Rating: 5 Votes
31 months ago
This means that if you order your Apple early enough it will cost less.



If you wait till they only have two in stock you will pay double!
Rating: 5 Votes
31 months ago
Apple will be moving away from the traditional brick and mortar shops. The future will be a fleet of Apple stores that fly to where they are needed most.
Rating: 4 Votes
31 months ago
Well this ought to be interesting, as hires go. Surely this person has sales experience in the airline business, but how could this benefit Apple? I don't see a direct benefit, since Apple does not offer air service. The closest thing they have is AirPort, but even that branding is going by the wayside.
Rating: 3 Votes
31 months ago
Clearly the next big thing is not the iTV, but some form of personal air travel. Perhaps the iAir or the iPlane.

Gentlemen, start your jet packs!
;)
Rating: 2 Votes
31 months ago
Yeah because obviously his work revitalizing United & Continental is done :rolleyes:
Rating: 2 Votes
31 months ago

Well this ought to be interesting, as hires go. Surely this person has sales experience in the airline business, but how could this benefit Apple? I don't see a direct benefit, since Apple does not offer air service. The closest thing they have is AirPort, but even that branding is going by the wayside.


They now have someone running sales that knows how to charge extra for everything :)
Rating: 2 Votes
31 months ago
Here is a brief bio I found on the net:

Zane Rowe

Director, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of UAL, United and Continental
Continental Airlines, Inc.
Houston , TX
Sector: SERVICES / Major Airlines
Officer since September 2003

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of UAL, United and Continental , United Continental Holdings Inc
Chicago , IL
Sector: SERVICES / Major Airlines
Officer since October 2010

40 Years Old
Zane C. Rowe. Age 40. Mr. Rowe has been Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of UAL, United and Continental since October 2010. From August 2008 to September 2010, Mr. Rowe served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Continental. From September 2006 to August 2008, Mr. Rowe served as Senior Vice President?Network Strategy of Continental. From August 2005 to September 2006, Mr. Rowe served as Vice President?Network Strategy of Continental. From September 2003 to August 2005, Mr. Rowe served as Vice President?Financial Planning and Analysis of Continental. Mr. Rowe joined Continental in 1993.


On the surface it seems like a strange hire vis-vis industry and sales experience ... or lack thereof.
Rating: 1 Votes
31 months ago

Well this ought to be interesting, as hires go. Surely this person has sales experience in the airline business, but how could this benefit Apple? I don't see a direct benefit, since Apple does not offer air service. The closest thing they have is AirPort, but even that branding is going by the wayside.


An elegant way to say "first" :-)

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Clearly the next big thing is not the iTV, but some form of personal air travel. Perhaps the iAir or the iPlane.

Gentlemen, start your jet packs!
;)


Are they going to hire Starck on that transportation-related project as well?
Rating: 1 Votes
31 months ago
That's what you need for sales. A good, experienced Chief FINANCIAL Officer.

Number nerds typically make great salespeople.
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