Apple Inc. claims the top position on Fortune’s list of America’s Most Admired Companies for 2008, but keeps its human resources executive shrouded in secrecy and refuses to respond to any questions about HR’s contribution to the company’s most admired status. The company will confirm only that the top HR executive is Danielle Lambert and her title is vice president of human resources. It will not disclose when she joined the company or even the most basic information about her background.
From required disclosures in Apple’s SEC filings, it is apparent that Lambert is married to Tony Fadell, senior vice president of Apple’s iPod division and one of the company’s most valuable executives. Lambert holds millions of dollars in Apple shares, stock options and restricted stock units. In 2007, she earned $318,467 in salary and $218,570 in bonuses, plus equity awards and other benefits. She is not an executive officer. Apple would not make Lambert available for comment, and would not explain why it refuses to disclose any information.
Workforce Management, June 23, 2008, p. 30 -- Subscribe Now!