updated 09:30 am EDT, Wed March 23, 2011
Cites interest in science
Bertrand Serlet -- Apple's senior VP of Mac software engineering -- is leaving the company, according to an official press statement. Taking over for him will be Mac software VP Craig Federighi, who Apple says has been responsible for developing Mac OS X, and managing the Mac OS group for the last two years. Federighi demonstrated Mac OS X Lion at a press event last October.
Serlet's resume includes four years with Xerox PARC before joining NeXT in 1989, where he first served under Steve Jobs. He was finally brought into Apple in 1997. As for his reasons for leaving Apple, Serlet is relatively guarded in an official quote. "I've worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple," he says, "but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science."
Federighi was likewise once a NeXT employee, but his subsequent tenure at Apple was interrupted by a decade at Ariba, where he ultimately became CTO. He returned to Apple in 2009, immediately stepping into a role leading Mac OS X projects.