Bruce Sewell, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Global Security at Apple, is set to retire by the end of this year. Sewell joined Apple in 2009. Prior to Apple, he was responsible for leading the legal team at Intel Corporation. At Apple, he is reported directly to CEO Tim Cook.
Tim Cook shared the following on Bruce’s retirement: “Bruce has our best wishes for his retirement, after eight years of dedicated service to Apple and a tremendously successful career. He has tirelessly defended our IP, our customers’ right to privacy, and our values. Bruce has set a new standard for general counsels and I am proud to have worked with him and proud to call him a friend.”
Bruce Sewell has served the organization throughout some high profile legal battles. Last year, after the San Bernardino mass shooting he testified in Congress. He defended Apple over their refusal to unlock the terrorist’s iPhone data, as it could set precedent for future privacy cases. He represented Apple over a five-year long lawsuit with Samsung over design patent breaches for smartphones and tablets, and in an ongoing lawsuit against Qualcomm, wherein Apple sued Qualcomm for running an extortion scheme over its smartphone royalties.
Apple has hired Katherine Adams to replace Sewell. Adams is joining Apple from Honeywell, where she served as the head of Legal and security for 14 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Brown University and a law degree from University of Chicago School of Law, with Order of the Coif distinction. The lawsuit of Apple v. Qualcomm is set to go to trial in San Diego next year, which means that Adams will be leading Apple in the lawsuit.
“To have worked with this amazing executive team and all the incredibly smart people at Apple, especially my colleagues in legal and global security, has been the honor of a lifetime,” said Sewell. “The years I have spent in this job have been the most gratifying of my career. I’m delighted Kate is joining, and I know she will be a huge asset.”