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iCloud's senior product manager departs Apple

The senior product manager for Apple's upcoming iCloud service has left the company to go work for a health education company.

John Herbold, formerly a senior product manager at Apple on iCloud.
John Herbold, formerly a senior product manager at Apple on iCloud LinkedIn

The senior product manager for Apple's iCloud service has left the company to take a spot as vice president of product at health education company HealthTeacher.

John Herbold, who joined Apple in early 2006, was most recently the senior product manager for iCloud, having previously worked on MobileMe.

HealthTeacher announced the news of his joining the company this morning, saying that Herbold will be helping to extend its digital efforts.

"John has a proven background of engaging audiences across the devices we use to learn, play, socialize and be entertained," said Scott McQuigg, CEO of HealthTeacher, in a statement. "Applying his experience developing world-class interactive products, John will lead our efforts to broaden digital engagement with kids, their families and their teachers, all focused on measurably improving youth health."

In the release, Herbold's duties at Apple are also expanded on some more:

Most recently at Apple, John played a key role in the creation, development and launch of iCloud and led the development and marketing of Photo Stream. Prior to launching iCloud, John was a Senior Product Manager on Apple's MobileMe team. While at Apple, John defined, shipped and marketed numerous products including iPhone and iPad apps, web apps and cloud services.

The management team for MobileMe reportedly underwent a dramatic shake-up shortly after its launch. A feature article in Fortune last month described a closed-door meeting with Apple CEO Steve Jobs shortly after the bumpy launch of the service, wherein Jobs shamed the employees and restructured the group. Herbold's position as the senior product manager of that product and its successor suggests that he weathered that storm.

Apple plans to launch iCloud to customers in the fall, alongside iOS 5. The cloud-based service is focused on moving files across devices, and applications as well as serving as a backup service for the company's iOS devices.

(via The Loop)