Adrian Perica Named Apple's VP of Corporate Development

Apple this afternoon updated its Apple Leadership page to add Adrian Perica, who has been named the company's vice president of Corporate Development.

In his role as VP of Corporate Development, Perica will be responsible for Apple's mergers, acquisitions, and strategic investing efforts.


Perica, who has been with Apple since 2009, will be reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Prior to joining Apple, Perica worked at Goldman Sachs and Deloitte Consulting.

Prior to being named Apple's VP of Corporate Development, Perica was the head of mergers and acquisitions, responsible for the team that handles Apple's acquisitions.

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9 months ago

He looks kind of like a ‘proper’ Andy Samberg...


Exactly what I came in here to post.


He really does...

I couldn't see it at first, but after comparison, I have to agree.



Andy Samberg for the eventual Adrian Perica biopic!

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9 months ago
A physicist, so must be a good guy. Says a physicist. :)
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9 months ago
He looks kind of like a ‘proper’ Andy Samberg...
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9 months ago
"Prior to joining Apple in 2009, Perica served as a banker at Goldman Sachs for eight years and worked at Deloitte Consulting. He also served as an officer in the United States Army. He holds a physics degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as an MBA from MIT."

Obviously a slacker.
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9 months ago
I often wonder if they bought Macrumors.com - sounds plausible when you read all the various positive reviews about Apple gear on this site. And those so called "leaks"
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9 months ago

Absolutely... Perica doesn’t have go/no-go decision making authority. Cook would definitely have the yes/no decision,


Actually, not to be a pain in the *** but that’s not entirely true.

Generally speaking the CEO reports to the board of directors. Any transaction that is of “material importance” to the company will almost always require prior consent from the board of directors. This would absolutely include mergers and acquisitions.

Keeping things streamlined in an organization is important. And while the CEO reports to and is directly managed by the Board of Directors the CEO is not the only one who may be managed in such a way. Due to basic business logistics the board is generally only organized to oversee large transactions, especially those involving equity transactions (shares and so on).

It’s entirely possible and quite likely that Mr. Perica would be managed by Tim Cook but also report directly to the Board of Directors on matters pertinent to such transactions that are of material importance to the corporation. i.e. mergers and acquisitions

Cook no doubt may offer counsel and his opinion should hold considerable weight. Similarly he can direct Adrian to focus on priorities of strategic importance (so long as those priorities do not conflict with prior direction set by the Board).

Blah blah blah... you’re a public company, the Board has very broad authority over your existence. If they don’t like the way things are run, they replace the CEO and so on.

Other officers of a company that may (and often do) report to the board are the CFO, the CIO/CTO and at times the COO.

Remember Tim Cook was COO (which is basically like a 2nd in command often taking on responsibilities of the CEO they either have no time, talent or interest in managing.) During Steve Jobs tenure at Apple and when his health was at it’s worst more and more day to day business was delegated to the COO.
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9 months ago

Apple does acquisitions and strategic investing. No mergers so far!

Perica will oversee the processes of acquisitions, but I assume that Tim Cook will make the decisions about which companies to acquire, since it's based on the company's overall strategy. That's not something a VP would do in isolation.

Absolutely... Perica doesn’t have go/no-go decision making authority. Cook would definitely have the yes/no decision, but Perica and his team would develop/analyze/evaluate the business case for any potential acquisitions or investments, in consultation with other top management. Outside assistance would also be sought in some or even many deals I would think. Bus dev would present to Cook and make their case on why they are recommending (or not) going ahead with a deal.

Cook would likely talk with his team to get their direct thoughts, as he’s known to be a collaborative decision maker. But the ultimate decision is his, though consent from the Board would presumably be required if the deal is bigger than Cook’s signoff authority (which is likely quite large :)).
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