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Former Apple “Antennagate” Exec Papermaster Now At Cisco

Mark Papermaster, the ex-Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) senior vice president in charge of iPhone engineering who left the company in the wake of the iPhone 4 “Antennagate” controversy, has resurfaced at another Silicon Valley titan, Cisco Systems (NSDQ: CSCO).

Papermaster is in another engineering role, but it’s not in the wireless space: he is in charge of developing the chips that go into Cisco’s hardware switches, reports Dow Jones. Cisco’s switches business made up a third of the company’s revenues in the third quarter of this year. He reports to John McCool, who heads up the company’s data center, services and switches group.

Before Apple, Papermaster had worked at IBM, also in a chip engineering role, overseeing IBM’s PowerPC chip business. At the time of his move to Apple in 2009, IBM had tried to prevent the hire, saying it violated a noncompete clause in his IBM contract.

Papermaster left Apple in August 2010 after widely reported problems with the iPhone 4’s wraparound, external antenna – an issue that would have directly fallen under his remit – although when he left, Apple would not confirm the reason for his departure.