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Apple today announced that Katherine Adams will join Apple as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal and Global Security, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.


Adams will replace Bruce Sewell, who has served as Apple’s general counsel since 2009 and will be retiring at the end of the year.

Apple CEO Tim Cook:

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.

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.

Adams was most recently senior vice president and general counsel of Honeywell, where she had worked since 2003. Prior to then, she was a partner at New York law firm Sidley Austin LLP. Earlier in her career, she served as a law clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court and as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice.
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