Wenner Media CRO Bolts to Apple University

DavidKangLinkedInLast month, the New York Times offered a rare peek inside Apple’s internal employee training program. Reporter Brian X. Chen didn’t exactly get a mountain of details from the three staffers he spoke to, on the QT. Rather, just some program tidbits and a reminder of Apple U’s cloak:

It is highly secretive and rarely written about, referred to briefly in the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Apple employees are discouraged from talking about the company in general, and the classes are no exception. No pictures of the classrooms have surfaced publicly. And a spokeswoman for Apple declined to make instructors available for interviews for this article.

Not so top secret, according to intrepid New York Post media reporter Keith J. Kelly, is the identity of Apple University’s newest teacher. Joining the program at the end of the month will be David Kang, recently promoted at Wenner Media to the position of chief revenue officer. From Kelly’s report:

On the Wenner front, the move suggests that Jann Wenner’s succession plan may have hit a speed bump.

Kang had developed mobile Web apps for the company’s three magazines [Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, US Weekly] and negotiated a content deal with Yahoo! He was seen as a vital ally of Gus Wenner, the 23-year old son of the company founder.

Kang resigning from Wenner on Thursday just ahead of Apple officially releasing the iPhone 6 Friday seems as sleek as the design of the company’s celebrated products.

[Image via: LinkedIn]

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Anything But a (Star-Spangled) Banner Week at Wenner Media

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.