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Bertrand Serlet, Longtime Steve Jobs Colleague at Apple, to Depart Top Mac OS Post

Apple announced on Wednesday that the head of engineering for Mac software, Bertrand Serlet, is leaving the company.

Serlet, a longtime colleague of Jobs at both NeXT and Apple, has been at the company since 1997. He has been a fixture both inside the company and at public events where he has shown off Mac OS X in its various iterations (seen here at the introduction of Snow Leopard at Apple’s 2009 developer conference).

Apple said his duties will be taken on by Craig Federigh, currently vice president of Mac software engineering.

“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,” Serlet said in a statement. “Craig has done a great job managing the Mac OS team for the past two years, Lion is a great release and the transition should be seamless.”

Federighi also worked at NeXT before joining Apple, but left and spent a decade at Ariba, before returning in 2009 to head up Mac OS X engineering.

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