Apple today announced that Katherine Adams, formerly senior vice president and general counsel of Honeywell, will join Apple as general counsel and senior vice president of Legal and Global Security, reporting to CEO Tim Cook and serving on Apple’s executive team.
The company also announced Bruce Sewell, who has served as Apple’s general counsel since 2009, will be retiring at the end of the year.
I wouldn’t read anything into this. I think Sewell really is just retiring to enjoy his wealth. Apple has no outstanding legal issues that I’m aware of other than typical chicken shit patent cases.
The elephant in the room is the ever present threat of a San Bernardino-like standoff with the Trump administration over a request to provide law enforcement with software to “unlock” an iPhone. That was tense under Obama; it’d be a lot worse for Apple under Trump.