It appears that fall is the season for executives to leave the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) tree. Software engineering executive Henri Lamiraux became the latest prominent Apple employee to reveal that he was leaving the Cupertino-based company, according to unnamed sources cited by 9to5Mac and Lamiraux’s own LinkedIn profile page. Lamiraux told 9to5Mac that he retired from Apple a “couple of weeks” ago after previously deciding that iOS 7 would be his last project.
According to Lamiraux’s LinkedIn profile page, the executive has worked at Apple in various capacities for the past 23 years. He began his career at Apple as a Mac OS/OS X software engineer in 1990 and finished as the Vice President of Software Engineering for iOS Apps and Frameworks.
9to5Mac’s sources described Lamiraux as a well-respected and vitally important asset to Apple’s iOS division. The longtime Apple employee’s iOS responsibilities included application development, feature-implementation, bug-fixing, and feature distribution to consumers. According to 9to5Mac, Lamiraux also handled the frameworks within iOS that allowed developers to build their own applications.
Lamiraux’s long tenure at Apple stretched across several major management changes that have occurred in the company’s history. Before working under current Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi, Lamiraux reported to former Senior Vice President of Software Scott Forstall. Forstall is widely believed to have been ousted by Tim Cook after refusing to sign a letter apologizing for the problematic Apple Maps launch last year.
Forstall was an advocate for Apple’s classic iOS skeuomorphic design approach, and his departure led to the implementation of Jony Ive’s minimalist iOS 7 designs. After Forstall, Lamiraux is probably one of the most important iOS executives to leave Apple.
However, Lamiraux is not the only prominent Apple employee to recently announce their departure from the company. R.J. Pittman, the head of Apple’s worldwide e-commerce platform, announced in mid-October that he was leaving to take a position with eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY). More recently, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) announced that it hired Doug Field, Apple’s Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering, for the position of Vice President of Vehicle Programs. However, unlike Pittman and Field, Lamiraux appears to have no work plans after he leaves Apple. According to his LinkedIn profile, Lamiraux is retired.
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