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Apple Public Relations Vice President Katie Cotton to Retire

Katie Cotton is retiring from her position as VP of worldwide corporate communications at Apple, reports Recode. Cotton has worked in Apple's public relations department for almost twenty years, serving under both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook.

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“Katie has given her all to this company for over 18 years,” Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said in a statement. “She has wanted to spend time with her children for some time now. We are really going to miss her.”
Cotton has confirmed her retirement, saying it was an extremely difficult decision to make as "Apple is a part of my heart."

Cotton is known for having been fiercely protective of Apple executives, particularly Steve Jobs, serving as gatekeeper for all media access and shepherding executives through their formal and informal meetings with the press. Given Apple's penchant for secrecy, Cotton has long been tasked with keeping a tight rein on the company's PR operations, managing Apple's image and contributing to the company's presentations.

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12 weeks ago
who ever took her headshot should be fired. :eek:

Edit: To quell all of the people that for some reason said my comments were sexist. Even though I didn't mention her gender or looks at all :rolleyes:

Why this picture is bad:

1. It's a forced smile any good photographer can get a person to show their true relaxed smile and or look. Believe me I suffer from the same problem

2. It's shot upward just a tiny bit, which is never flattering.

3. The picture is too hard, too small of an aperture, or over processing. it should have been shot wide open 5.6 or 2.8 maybe even 1.2/1.8
4. ^ which is why there is some type of motion blur or focusing issues around the eyes. can't figure out what is wrong, but something is off
5. She's smiling in one direction and looking in another. Some simple composition could fix that.
6. I'd think that Apple would have better photographers at their disposal.

For the record she looks pretty to me, just poorly photographed.
Rating: 61 Votes
12 weeks ago

Really? She's pretty.


The success of the headshot has little to do w/ her looks. It's a poor photo.
Rating: 24 Votes
12 weeks ago
Falsest smile ever.
Rating: 15 Votes
12 weeks ago
It must be a tough decision to go to work every day when you are a millionaire and don't really have to work for a living any more.
Rating: 14 Votes
12 weeks ago
Although it's not an official headshot, this is far worse.

Rating: 14 Votes
12 weeks ago
It's a trend at Apple...

Rating: 13 Votes
12 weeks ago

It's interesting to see how many MR posters are only able to see a female as an object.


Everything IS an object.

Love,

Objective-C
Rating: 11 Votes
12 weeks ago
Smile is a little awkward. This looks better IMO.

Rating: 10 Votes
12 weeks ago

It's interesting to see how many MR posters are only able to see a female as an object. It was inevitable that there would quickly be comments about her looks. I guess computer nerds have so little interaction with real women that they don't understand that they have actual talents and abilities and don't just exist to give you a turn on.


Maybe that is your bias - the comments I am reading refer to a poor PR photo - regardless of gender. Do you remember all the comments about Carl Ichan's poor photo ????
Rating: 9 Votes
12 weeks ago

It's interesting to see how many MR posters are only able to see a female as an object. It was inevitable that there would quickly be comments about her looks. I guess computer nerds have so little interaction with real women that they don't understand that they have actual talents and abilities and don't just exist to give you a turn on.


I am a woman and I also think she has a bad photo here. There's zero smile in her eyes, has nothing to do with her looks in general. Just that she doesn't look happy in that photo whatsoever. But hey, way to jump to conclusions about a bunch of people on here. It would be sexist NOT to point that out because we would be giving her special treatment as if she was too weak to take the criticism.
Rating: 8 Votes

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