“As Chief Executive Tim Cook shifts executive responsibilities around at Apple Inc., Eddy Cue is emerging as one of the biggest beneficiaries,” Jessica E. Lessin reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“A member of Apple’s old guard, the 23-year company veteran rose through the ranks as co-founder Steve Jobs’s right-hand man for new areas like e-commerce and media. But at a company dominated by hardware and operating systems, Mr. Cue was on the periphery and known largely for cajoling media companies to sign on to Apple’s iTunes service,” Lessin reports. “Now the affable executive, a 48-year-old Miami native of Cuban descent, has become a prime architect of Apple’s software strategy and one of the most important product voices at a company where no clear chief product visionary has emerged since Mr. Jobs’s death last year.”

Lessin reports, “When iPhone software chief Scott Forstall was ousted last month, Mr. Cue inherited two of Apple’s newest Internet services: Maps and the voice-activated assistant Siri. The ascent solidifies Mr. Cue’s role as one of the chief deputies to Mr. Cook, who has surrounded himself with several close advisers without elevating one to a clear number two.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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