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Bertrand Serlet Is Leaving Apple After 22 Years

With a press release posted a few minutes ago, Apple has announced that senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering Bertrand Serlet is leaving the company after 22 years. Craig Federighi will assume Serlet’s responsibilities and report directly to Steve Jobs.

I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science,” said Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Craig has done a great job managing the Mac OS team for the past two years, Lion is a great release and the transition should be seamless.

Serlet has been working with Jobs for the last 22 years: the two worked together at NeXT and Serlet followed Jobs in his return at Apple to work on the modern versions of OS X as we know it. He played a key role in the development of Mac OS X and this is certainly a huge loss for Apple and the whole OS X engineering team. Serlet says he wants to focus “more on science”, and we wish him the best of luck. Craig Federighi – the guy that demoed OS X Lion back in October –  worked at NeXT, too, and came back to Apple in 2009.

Press release and a video of Serlet at the WWDC below. [image via]

CUPERTINO, California—March 23, 2011—Apple® today announced that Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Mac® Software Engineering, will be leaving the company. Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will assume Serlet’s responsibilities and report to Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. Federighi is responsible for the development of Mac OS® X and has been managing the Mac OS software engineering group for the past two years.

“I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science,” said Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Craig has done a great job managing the Mac OS team for the past two years, Lion is a great release and the transition should be seamless.”

Federighi worked at NeXT, followed by Apple, and then spent a decade at Ariba where he held several roles including vice president of Internet Services and chief technology officer. He returned to Apple in 2009 to lead Mac OS X engineering. Federighi holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Serlet joined Apple in 1997, and has been involved in the definition, development and creation of Mac OS X, the world’s most advanced operating system. Before joining Apple, Serlet spent four years at Xerox PARC, then joined NeXT in 1989. Serlet holds a doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Orsay, France.

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