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February 8, 1990 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jean-Louis Gassee, head of Apple Computer's new-product development unit, is expected to resign shortly because he feels wrongly blamed for the company's current ills, sources close to the company confirmed Wednesday. The resignation of Gassee, a flamboyant 46-year-old French engineer who had overseen new products for the last five years, would create the third vacancy in the top six jobs at Apple.
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November 22, 1995 | JULIE PITTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Jean-Louis Gassee, the road back to center stage has been long and hard. Recently, Gassee, the former Apple Computer research and development vice president who had been something of a celebrity in the computer industry, re-emerged after nearly six years of seclusion. In typically grand style, he picked one of the computer industry's most prestigious events--the Agenda conference, a kind of nerds' Bohemian Grove--for his comeback.
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February 8, 1990 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Apple Computer, once a symbol of brash, aggressive entrepreneurial success, has become a victim of swollen bureaucracy and sluggish technology. And Chairman John Sculley--his own reputation on the line--says he has finally had enough. Bothered by unfocused marketing efforts, new-product delays and plunging profits, Sculley has announced layoffs, an executive suite shake-up and a firm intention to become directly involved in overseeing the company's lagging product development process.
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February 8, 1990 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jean-Louis Gassee, head of Apple Computer's new-product development unit, is expected to resign shortly because he feels wrongly blamed for the company's current ills, sources close to the company confirmed Wednesday. The resignation of Gassee, a flamboyant 46-year-old French engineer who had overseen new products for the last five years, would create the third vacancy in the top six jobs at Apple.
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November 22, 1995 | JULIE PITTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Jean-Louis Gassee, the road back to center stage has been long and hard. Recently, Gassee, the former Apple Computer research and development vice president who had been something of a celebrity in the computer industry, re-emerged after nearly six years of seclusion. In typically grand style, he picked one of the computer industry's most prestigious events--the Agenda conference, a kind of nerds' Bohemian Grove--for his comeback.
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February 20, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Motorola Inc. said it will license the Be Inc. operating system and put it on Motorola's line of personal computers that also run the Macintosh system from Apple Computer Inc. The announcement comes nearly two months after Apple ditched plans to buy or license the Be system, which was developed by former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassee. Apple instead bought Next Software Inc. for $430 million. Other makers of Apple-compatible computers, including International Business Machines Corp.
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September 25, 1997 | Bloomberg News
Menlo Park-based Be Inc. named former Apple Computer Inc. executive Heidi Roizen to its board, uniting two alumni of the struggling computer maker. Roizen, who left her job as a vice president at Apple in February, was the main contact for software developers at Apple and had the difficult role of preventing defections in the face of the growing dominance of computers based on Microsoft Corp. software and Intel Corp. chips.
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November 27, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Struggling to replace its aging Macintosh operating software, Apple was upstaged when another computer maker announced an agreement to license a powerful new system that Apple itself had an eye on. Round Rock, Texas-based Power Computing Corp., which makes clones of Apple Macintosh computers, plans to install the new operating system in all of its computers by March and sell them at prices comparable to those of its current Mac clones. Its licensing deal with Menlo Park-based Be Inc.
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November 19, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Apple Computer Inc. said the head of its computer operating system division, Isaac Nassi, resigned from the company to pursue other interests. Nassi headed the Applesoft Division of the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer company for the last two years. Apple declined to elaborate on Nassi's reason for leaving, including whether it was the result of disagreements over the company's direction under Chairman and Chief Executive Gilbert Amelio.
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February 8, 1990 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Apple Computer, once a symbol of brash, aggressive entrepreneurial success, has become a victim of swollen bureaucracy and sluggish technology. And Chairman John Sculley--his own reputation on the line--says he has finally had enough. Bothered by unfocused marketing efforts, new-product delays and plunging profits, Sculley has announced layoffs, an executive suite shake-up and a firm intention to become directly involved in overseeing the company's lagging product development process.
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January 1, 2002 | From Associated Press
Jean-Louis Gassee, a former Apple executive, is leaving Be Inc. as it winds down operations, the company announced Monday. Gassee, president and chief executive of Be, founded the small company in 1990 after more than nine years at Apple Computer. Be made an operating system for Internet appliances and PCs. Palm Inc. announced in August that it was buying the Menlo Park-based company's technology assets for $11 million.
BUSINESS
June 25, 1990
In the latest change among top executives at Apple Computer Inc., William B. Coldrick resigned as senior vice president-sales for Apple USA and will be a part-time adviser to the unit's president. Coldrick, 47, will work on strategic issues and special projects. He said he left his full-time post to spend more time with his family. Michael L. Dionne, 41, will succeed Coldrick in the top U.S. sales post. Dionne was vice president of Southwestern operations for Apple USA.
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