It was announced today that Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will be leaving the company. He will be replaced by Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of Mac Software Engineering.
Mr. Serlet started working with Steve Jobs in 1989 at NeXT, the company that Jobs formed when he was removed from Apple. When Mr. Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 due to the company purchasing NeXT, Serlet stayed on and was put in charge of Mac software, reporting directly to Jobs. He has overseen the development of Mac OS X, the operating system to power all Macs for many years now.
Mr. Federighi also spent some time at NeXT, and stayed with Apple for a while before spending ten years at Ariba where he held several roles including vice president of Internet Services and chief technology officer. He rejoined Apple two years ago in the role of vice president of Mac Software Engineering. He will assume Setlet’s position, and will continue on being answerable to Steve Jobs in the role of Apple CEO.
“I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years.” said Serlet in a statement, “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.” He went on to add, “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.”
The only reason this transition seems the least bit odd is that you would think Mr. Serlet would want to see the launch of Mac OS X Lion, but his departure is scheduled for April 1st, a few months before the newest version hits the shelves. Deepening the mystery some is the fact Federighi has an Internet background, something that many have speculated may play into the data center Apple is currently building. Of course, it could just be as Serlet said and he’s ready to move on to other challenges.
What do you think of Bertrand Serlet leaving Apple?