Best of 2011, Business Leaders: Apple
Business Review Australia has covered a number of hot topics this year in the Business Leaders section. This week, we'll spotlight those that garnered the most attention.
25 August 2011: Steve Jobs Resigns: What's Apple's Future in Australia?
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Those are the words of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, who announced Wednesday in the US that he is stepping down from his post as the leader of the world’s most valuable company, yet the circumstances surrounding the resignation have yet to be determined.
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What’s known is that 56-year-old Jobs isn’t walking away entirely—he’d like to remain on as chairman of the board and as an Apple employee. “I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role,” Jobs said in a letter to Apple’s board of directors. Steve Jobs has been on official medical leave since January of this year and has battled health complications for nearly a decade. Current COO Tim Cook, tipped to be the next CEO, has been running the show since January so it’s doubtful that major leadership changes will take place.
What does this mean for Apple, and particularly Apple in Australia? For the moment, not too much. The geniuses at Apple will continue to innovate and create the same way they have been.
Smartphone competitors have yet to catch up with the iPhone, and the Apple iPad and iPad 2 still leave tablet competition in the dust. (Adios, HP Touchpad!) In Australia, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets have been banned because of Apple’s pending copyright infringement claims against Samsung.
Still, this is certainly no reason for Google, Samsung, Motorola or any of the other major players in the tech pack to rest on their laurels—Jobs has entrusted his company in the hands of his fellow Apple employees and business will likely continue on as usual.
Digital Leader Mobiquity Expands Into Asia-Pacific
As an international digital consulting firm, Mobiquity helps a global client base upgrade its digital banking and financial services. The company employs 1,200 team members across 50+ nationalities and serves an estimated 200+ million users each day. Recently, the company built out a digital banking experience for the Bank of the Philippines Islands’ online and mobile platforms—exemplifying its mission to help leading brands engage with technology in meaningful ways.
To highlight Mobiquity’s services, here are a few of the company’s recent accomplishments:
- Designed and developed the first FDA-approved digital medicine system
- Launched a five-star mobile ordering app
- Pioneered a cloud-based IT infrastructure that prevented bank fraud
- Built the official AWS re:Invent 2017 and 2018 mobile apps
What Makes Mobiquity Stand Out?
According to Mobiquity, it's the people that make all the difference. ‘We’re born innovators who like meaty challenges’, the company wrote. ‘We go deeper, getting to the root of your customers’ friction and creating personalised engagements that deliver much more than a digital experience alone’. Now, the company has added former Microsoft and IBM director Gustavo Quiroga to its team.
Who Is Gustavo Quiroga?
At Mobiquity, he’ll be the first Vice President of Business Development Financial Services in APAC. With years of experience in the industry, Quiroga has developed numerous tech, business, and customer experience projects: at Microsoft, he led a top Aussie Azure Data and AI specialist team, and at IBM, he applied AI and deep analytics to transform the company’s business processes, CX, and UX.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Quiroga will start to work with Mobiquity clients in Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines and take responsibility for expanding the company’s regional operations. ‘Our best way to impact client outcomes’, he wrote, ‘is by listening to them with an inquisitive and open mind and empowering our people to do the same’.
When notified of the announcement, Quiroga expressed excitement over his new role. ‘I’m delighted to join Mobiquity and support the company’s rapid expansion across the Asia-Pacific region. I joined Mobiquity to develop, design and implement digital products and services that create meaningful experiences with customers...and I look forward to using my expertise to develop partnerships where we can achieve this every day’.
Where Does Mobiquity Go From Here?
In the past six months, Mobiquity has hired over 100 new employees, including the high-profile additions of Howard Moore, Senior Director of Banking, and Ruby Walia, Senior Advisor for Digital Banking. This falls in line with the company’s hyper-growth strategy to deliver digital products to the world.
As Matthew Williamson, Mobiquity’s Vice President of Global Financial Services, explained: ‘Our appointment of Gustavo demonstrates [our] commitment to hiring an A-list team of talent. The latest addition to the Mobiquity team supports our vision of global growth in Asia-Pacific, as a recognised partner within the banking and finance ecosystem’.