From Gurman’s “Apple loses at least its sixth car executive this year” posted Sunday to Bloomberg Technology’s Power On subscribers:
Six. That’s the number of top managers who have left Apple’s car project this year. Who do I consider a top manager? The person who runs the project and anyone directly reporting to that person. Doug Field, who ran the Apple car team since 2018, bolted in September. Earlier this year, Dave Scott, Jaime Waydo, Dave Rosenthal and Benjamin Lyon all left as well.
Now we have the departure of Michael Schwekutsch, who led hardware efforts at Apple for the car project. His exit comes just weeks after I reported that Apple is accelerating development of its car and is aiming to showcase a fully autonomous vehicle as early as 2025.
When Kevin Lynch, the Apple Watch software chief, took over the car project, there was a clear hole in terms of hardware leadership. Schwekutsch was supposed to fill that gap. Now that he’s out, the company may need to bring in a replacement from the car industry if it wants to achieve its goals.
My take: Good news? Bad news? Can’t tell from this whether they were fleeing Lynch or axed by Lynch or something in between.