Well, it looks like the long saga of Mark Papermaster's transition from IBM to Apple is now finally drawing to a close, with the two companies each issuing press releases today announcing that the pesky legal issues have been resolved and that Papermaster is cleared to begin work on April 24th. He'll be replacing Tony Fadell as head of Apple's iPod and iPhone hardware engineering teams, and will boast the title of senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting directly to Steve Jobs. Dueling press releases are below.

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- Apple, "Mark Papermaster to Begin at Apple as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering on April 24"
Read - IBM, "IBM Resolves Lawsuit against Former Employee Mark D. Papermaster"

[Via Mac Rumors]