Today, Apple made some announcements regarding its general counsel, naming a new presence to the position as a familiar name is set to step down soon.

Apple today announced that Katherine Adams will be taking over as general counsel for the company, as well as becoming the new Senior Vice President of Legal and Global Security. She will be serving on Apple’s executive team, and she will be reporting directly to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook. Adams is familiar with the role, as she served as general counsel and senior Vice President at the large company Honeywell.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kate to our team. 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.”

In order to fill the general counsel position, the current body must vacate. As a result, Apple has also announced that its current general counsel, Bruce Sewell, who has served in the position since 2009, will be stepping down by the end of 2017.

Here’s what Tim Cook had to say regarding Sewell:

“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.”

The official change will go into effect before the end of the year.

[Source: iPhoneHacks]

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