Carol Surface

Chief People Officer

Carol Surface is Apple’s chief People officer, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

As the leader of the People team, Carol supports the connection, development, and care for Apple’s employees around the world. Her team oversees functions including talent development and Apple University, recruiting, employee relations and experience, benefits, compensation, and inclusion and diversity.

Carol joined Apple in 2023 from Medtronic, where she spent nearly 10 years as executive vice president and chief human resources officer. Prior to this, she served as executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Best Buy. Previously, Carol also held a series of international human resources leadership roles at PepsiCo based in New York, Hong Kong, and Dubai. 

Carol earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Castleton University, and a doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University.