Apple announced that the employee credited with being the "father of the iPod" is stepping down from his post at the iconic California company.
Apple said iPod division vice president Tony Fadell and his wife, Danielle Lambert, who is vice president of the company's human resources department, are "reducing their roles" to "devote more time to their young family."
While the spotlight routinely shines on Apple's notoriously involved chief executive Steve Jobs, Fadell is said to be the one behind the idea for iPod MP3 players that rocketed to global success and revived the company's fortunes.
"Tony and Dani have each made important contributions to Apple over the past eight years," Jobs said in a release yesterday. We're sorry to see Dani go, and are looking forward to working with Tony in his new capacity."
Lambert is to leave Apple at the end of the year and Fadell is to become an advisor to Jobs.
IBM executive Mark Papermaster has been hired to replace Fadell. Papermaster's former employer is challenging the move on the grounds Papermaster is contractually restricted from working for a competitor.