Betts will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Doug Betts, the former head of global quality at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and an expert in auto manufacturing, has joined Apple Inc., according to the auto industry veteran's LinkedIn profile.
Betts' account on the social networking website for professionals said he joined the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant with the title of "Operations -- Apple Inc." in July.
His hiring signals Apple's work on an electric-car project could be gaining ground. Apple has hired hundreds of experts to work on the EV project -- code-named “Titan” -- but hasn’t publicly acknowledged the program, making it hard to assess its scope.
The online profile did not provide much detail about the move but said Betts will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area.