Apple VP Who Oversaw Construction of Futuristic Apple Park Campus Retiring
An Apple vice president who oversaw the company’s real estate, including the construction of the new Apple Park campus, is retiring, according to Cupertino city officials.
Dan Whisenhunt announced his retirement last week, and Kristina Raspe, Apple’s senior director of real estate and development, was promoted to take his place, said David Brandt, Cupertino’s city manager.
“We have a good working relationship with the real estate team at Apple, and we continue to look forward to their cooperation in working with us on their projects as needed,” said Piu Ghosh, a principal planner with the city of Cupertino.
Apple did not return a request for comment. Raspe recently updated her LinkedIn account to state that she is the vice president of global real estate and facilities as of March.
Raspe joined Apple in 2013 and previously worked for the University of Southern California, where she oversaw off-campus development as well as preparatory work on campus construction projects as a vice president of real estate development and asset management, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Whisenhunt joined Apple in 2007, according to his LinkedIn page, which has not been updated to reflect his retirement. During Whisenhunt’s time at Apple, the company had rapidly expanded, leasing or acquiring a significant amount of real estate outside of its Cupertino headquarters in cities like Sunnyvale and San Jose. The company also built Apple Park, a glamorous new campus for more than 13,000 employees. The campus is capped off with a curved glass “spaceship” headquarters building, originally championed by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
When Apple employees began moving into the spaceship building in January, however, several people suffered head injuries after running into the glass. Apple has since placed black rectangular stickers with slightly rounded corners to prevent people from bumping into the glass walls.
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