Zane Rowe leaving Apple, being replaced as head of North American sales by Doug Beck

Zane Rowe, head of Apple's North American sales, is leaving the company and will be replaced by current head of Japanese and Korean sales, Doug Beck. Apple told the Wall Street Journal:

"Doug Beck has done a great job helping to grow Apple's business in Japan and Korea. His role is expanding to include North America sales as well," said Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet.

No particular reason was given for Rowe's departure. Beck, however, has overseen spectacular growth for Apple in Japan, including a rise to 55% of the smartphone market.

News of Rowe's departure comes on the same day as word of Apple's long time PR head, Katie Cotton's impending retirement.

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few quarters.