Apple Hires Auto Industry Manufacturing Veteran

Jul 20, 2015

Apple Inc. has hired one of the auto industry’s veteran manufacturing executives, a signal that its efforts to develop an electric car could be gaining ground.

Doug Betts, who led global quality at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV until last year, is now working for the Cupertino, Calif.-based electronics giant but declined to comment on the position when reached Monday. Mr. Betts’ LinkedIn profile says he joined Apple in July and describes his title as “Operations - Apple Inc.” with a location in the San Francisco Bay Area but no further specifics.

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