Apple’s Mac software chief to step down

23 Mar 2011

Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice-president of Mac Software Engineering group, is to leave the company, it emerged today.

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,” Serlet explained.

Seamless transition at the top at Apple Software

“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 added.

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 the Mac OS X 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.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years