Bertrand Serlet, Mac OS X Software Pioneer, Leaving Apple
A veteran in the Cupertino, California offices of Apple is leaving the company he worked for or alongside for nearly a quarter century. Toiling closely with Apple chief and founder Steve Jobs through the most challenging and triumphant days in the venerable tech company's long history, Mac OS X software pioneer Bertrand Serlet has announced his departure from the company to which he's contributed a great deal.
Apple made the announcement of Serlet's departure on Wednesday morning via press release. According to Apple, Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will be replaced by Craig Federighi, Apple’s current vice president of Mac Software Engineering. Federighi will report to Steve Jobs. In an obvious attempt to pacify both Apple fans and investors, the company is stressing that Federighi is not only up for the job, he's also been an integral part of the development of Mac OS X. For the past two years, Federighi has managed the Mac OS software engineering group.
“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,” said Serlet, who was once believed to have been a possible contender to replace Steve Jobs as CEO should the need for transition arise. “Craig has done a great job managing the Mac OS team for the past two years," Serlet says of Federighi. "Lion is a great release and the transition should be seamless.”
According to Apple, Serlet officially joined Apple in 1997, and "has been involved in the definition, development and creation of Mac OS X, the world’s most advanced operating system." Serlet's working relationship with Apple, however, goes way back. Prior to joining Apple, Serlet spent four years at Xerox PARC, then joined NeXT with Steve Jobs in 1989.