Amazon A9’s VP of Search heads to Apple to work on Maps search

“Benoit Dupin, Vice President of Amazon A9′s Search Technology group, has left the high-profile search technology firm to take up a job with Apple,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac. “Dupin’s profile from Amazon A9′s executive management website disappeared this week, and his LinkedIn profile has been updated to reflect that he began his position as a director at Apple this month.”

“Amazon A9 is Amazon’s Palo Alto, California-based subsidiary that focuses on developing Amazon’s marquee search and advertising functionality,” Gurman reports. “According to his former profile on Amazon A9′s website, Dupin joined the company in 2007 and worked on search infrastructure, experience, and relevance before taking the more demanding Vice President of Search Technology role.”

“Dupin is not the first high-profile Amazon A9 executive to leave for Apple: in 2012, then-CEO of A9 Bill Stasior departed to head up Apple’s Siri division. While Stasior left for Siri, Dupin, according to a source close to the matter, will be working on Apple’s search technology team for Maps, the iTunes Store, and the App Store,” Gurman reports. “It seems likely that Dupin will be filling in for Cathy Edwards, the former CTO of Chomp, upon her departure later this month.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Edward W.,” “Dan K.,” “Sarah,” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Cathy Edwards, co-founder of Chomp, leaving Apple – March 25, 2014
Apple hires Amazon A9 exec Stasior to run Siri unit – October 15, 2012


  1. Virtual shopping in depth. Z-depth, that is…

    Navigating our way through a virtual market place will require a complete remapping of the retail mobile space.

    Apple has done their homework and need only acquire the tools and knowledge to expand their market.

    Wands and waves making iBeacon product choices that are shuttled along conveyors to our baskets, cars, and one day, our homes.

    Amazon is already innovating air delivery using drones, but I think the real innovation will come from 3D Printers producing myriad products as time progresses.

    These printers are already printing furniture and clothing and firearms, so why not try the product online in a virtual reality before printing your custom copy?

    1. Probably because a few basic prototype items that approximate what a real usable object might just be like eventually as a consumer product, if feasible that is even practical is a long, long way from what you envisage.

      First part of your contribution was good mind.

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