Apple Hires Michael Tchao As VP of Product Marketing

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has hired Michael Tchao as the VP of Product Marketing. Tchao was one of the original developers of the Apple Newton PDA. Tchao joined Apple this past Monday as the VP of product marketing. Tchao will be reporting to Apple SVP Phil Schiller. Tchao joins Apple after leaving about 15 years.

Tchao’s most recent job was at the Nike Techlab as the general manager. Nike Techlab designs armbands and sneakers for the iPod. It is uncertain what Tchao will be working on specifically at Apple. Tchao had convinced former Apple CEO John Sculley to make the Newton a consumer device. After that device failed to take off, Tchao parted ways with the company. ?He?s got the scars and the great ideas,? stated a former Apple employee in an interview with The New York Times.

This may indicate that Apple is making a tablet computer after all. An Apple tablet with App Store download capabilities would be awesome.