Apple today announced that Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s Senior VP of Mac Software Engineering, will be leaving the company after coming along with Steve Jobs from NeXt in 1997. Taking up his spot will be Craig Federighi, Apple’s current VP of Mac Sofware 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,” Bertrand Serlet said in a press release. “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.”
Serlet 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. Before joining Apple, Serlet spent four years at Xerox PARC, then joined NeXT in 1989. Serlet holds a doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Orsay, France.
Much like Serlet, Federighi also worked with Jobs at NexT and then at Apple before taking a 10 year hiatus at Ariba where he served as the company’s VP of Internet Services and its CTO. He returned to Apple in 2009 to head up OS X engineering.
Federighi worked at NeXT, followed by Apple, and then spent a decade at Ariba where he held several roles including vice president of Internet Services and chief technology officer. He returned to Apple in 2009 to lead Mac OS X engineering. Federighi holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Federighi has a both a Masters in Computer Science and a BS in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley.
In this “famous” presentation from Apple’s 2006 Worldwide Developers Conference, Steve Jobs and the affable Bertrand Serlet make fun of Vista for copying OS X Tiger.