Apple has announced that Katherine Adams will be joining Apple as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal and Global Security, as current General Counsel Bruce Sewell will be retiring by the end of the year.
Adams will report directly to CEO Tim Cook. She comes from being the senior vice president and general counsel at Honeywell since 2003, and was a partner at New York law firm Sidley Austin LLP prior to that time. Early in her career, Adams was a law clerk for the US Supreme Court and a trial attorney for the US Department of Justice.
In the announcement, CEO Tim Cook was quoted as saying:
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.