Apple forces security executive into retirement

The latest in a string of Apple senior executives to leave the company this year is John Theriault, Apple's Vice President of Global Security. 9to5mac broke the news on Thursday, which was then confirmed separately by other sources.

The rumors say that Theriault was pushed by Apple into "early retirement," likely due to a couple high-profile incidents involving lost iPhone prototypes. These incidents, while embarrassing to the company, were mostly criticized for Apple's handling of the situations. The first incident occurred in March 2010, and was widely publicized as Gizmodo bought the prototype iPhone 4 from the men who found it in a Redwood, California bar. That case wrapped in October, with the two men pleading no contest and receiving a light punishment.

The second security goof happened in July of this year, when an iPhone 4S prototype was found in San Francisco. This time, Apple employees searched the home of Sergio Calderon, the man who found the device, but failed to find the prototype. The San Francisco Police Department claims that its officers never entered Calderon's home. Calderon then accused the Apple employees of impersonating police officers and stated that he would file suit against the company if he did not get answers from the police and Apple about what happened. Calderon's lawyer said that he and Apple are currently in negotiations over the situation.

Theriault joined Apple in 2007. He previously worked at Pfizer Inc. as Chief Security Officer and in the FBI as a special agent. His departure comes just days after Senior Vice President of Retail Ron Johnson left the company. Also leaving Apple in the last few months were Senior Vice President of Mac OS X Bertrand Serlet, Vice President of Mobile Advertising Andy Miller, Creative Director Sarah Brody, and Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus. With Steve Jobs gone, perhaps these executives thought it time to move on from Apple.

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KingCrimson said,
Interesting, I don't hear Microsoft having these kind of problems.

It's only because it's apple people care if it was MS which would do the same thing then no one would give 2 hoots.

offroadaaron said,

It's only because it's apple people care if it was MS which would do the same thing then no one would give 2 hoots.

incomprehensible.

well if we count the security issues with iPhone prototypes, this is pretty normal... actually would have happened much more sooner in most of the other corps/companies.

Sranshaft said,
Seems like a lot of the top execs are jumping ship. Maybe they know something the rest of us don't...

Yeah, thats true. Alot just leave.....

They dont see Cook as evil as Jobs.

AlternSti said,
Another dirty Apple tactic like someone wrote. Hoping than people will open their eyes on how they proceed.

Because I'm sure Apple are the only company in the world to do such a thing, right?

DomZ said,

Because I'm sure Apple are the only company in the world to do such a thing, right?

They dont set any examples that's for sure.

random_ said,

They dont set any examples that's for sure.

It's a business? Like any other business they need to laid people off and whatever else. You're just whinging because it's Apple.

alexander3133 said,
First time heard that retirement can be forced by company.

small world you live in...

alexander3133 said,
First time heard that retirement can be forced by company.

You are right actually. No one can be forced into early retirement. Early retirement packages come with constraints: so many years of service at the company with a mninmum age of .... etc Whomever satisies the constraints can apple for the early retirement. Otherwise the companies would cherry pick whom they want to retire in other words do age discrimination openly.

alexander3133 said,
First time heard that retirement can be forced by company.

Ask any 60+ year old that works for a large corporation. It's either (1) retire now and we'll give you this decent package or (2) stay on board and you might get laid off soon with no package.

alexander3133 said,
First time heard that retirement can be forced by company.

Take a dictionary a read the definition of the word "firing". If you can fire your maid in The Sims, I guess you can fire anyone in a company