Comic Relief IT chief to join Apple

Comic Relief IT leader Marcus East is leaving the charity to take up an international role at Apple.

Comic Relief IT leader Marcus East is leaving the charity to take up an international role at Apple.

East will leave Comic Relief next month. The exact scope of his role, as well as his job title, are yet to be finalised.

He said that leaving the charity was not easy, but that he was looking forward to moving on to Apple.

"Leaving Comic Relief was a tough decision, but I'm moving to an incredibly exciting international role at Apple that gives me an opportunity to continue to pursue my passions with the world's biggest technology company, and a brand that I have admired since I used my first Apple II GS at university," East told Computer Weekly.

"I'm sad to be leaving, but it has been a wonderful two years managing a fantastic team successfully delivering mission-critical technology for my favourite charity, including our new bespoke event management, registration and fundraising system, which is now powering the online fundraising activity for Sport Relief 2012.”

East joined the charity, famous for its Red Nose Day and Sport Relief events, as a head of future media and technology in 2009. One of the highlights of his tenure at the Comic Relief was taking the systems underpinning Red Nose Day to the cloud earlier this year to cope with peaks of demand during the event.

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A very smart guy with huge amounts of emotional intelligence - huge loss for CR and huge gain for Apple