Apparently, Apple has recently hired William Stasior, whom is a search veteran coming from Amazon and other early search engines like AltaVista, to run their Siri department, according to All Things D and MacRumors.
Stasior was normally in charge of Amazon’s A9 department, which is the company’s main worldwide search and search advertising department.
Stasior has an impressive pedigree (you can read his resume and see a really geeky binary image he posted of himself here). The MIT Ph.D. has taught here too and has done stints at Oracle, Netcentives and AltaVista. He came to Amazon in 2003 as its director of search and navigation.
He will now be in charge of Siri, which is Apple’s famous voice-activated personal-assistant program. The tech giant acquired Siri in April of 2010 to garner a big stake in voice-activated search.
Apple had bought Siri in April of 2010 and that’s where they released Siri as a huge part of iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S in October of 2011. Though, the two big Siri exec’s being Adam Cheyer and also Dag Kittlaus had left the company recently in the past year.
Additionally to Stasior, an expert in search engines, the Siri team could give a rumor or hint to where Apple will be planning to take their newest feature in the iPhone in the near future.