Apple has announced the appointment Katherine Adams as its new general counsel. Adams will be succeeding Bruce Sewell, who is set to retire from Apple by the end of this year.
For the past fourteen years Adams was associated with Honeywell, a New Jersey-based company that produces software, engineering for transportation and other services. At Honeywell, Adams was responsible for the organization’s global legal strategy. She also managed all the legal affairs, including human resources and benefits, intellectual property rights, litigation, environmental compliance, government relations and security.
“Apple has had a tremendous impact on the world, and it’s an honor to join their team,” said Adams in a company post. “I’m excited to help Apple continue to grow and evolve around the world, protecting their ideas and IP and defending our shared values.”
At Apple, Adams will be reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook and will hold the title of general counsel and senior vice president of legal and global security.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kate to our team,” said Cook. “She’s a seasoned leader with outstanding judgment and that has worked on a wide variety of legal cases globally. Throughout her career she’s also been an advocate on many of the values we at Apple hold dear.”
Adams has a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Brown University and a law degree from the University of Chicago School of Law, with Order of the Coif distinction.
Soon-to-be-former general counsel Bruce Sewell has represented Apple through some high-profile legal battles. Some of them include a global patent war with Samsung, a legal battle with Qualcomm for running an extortion scheme over smart phone royalties and a fight with the U.S. government over encryption – a case in which Sewell defended Apple in front of Congress over Apple’s refusal to unlock the iPhone data of the San Bernardino shooter, as it could have set precedent for future privacy cases.