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Former Intel Executive Joins Apple as General Counsel and Senior Vice President

Apple today announced that Bruce Sewell, former general counsel and senior vice president at Intel, will join Apple in a similar role, holding titles of General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs. Sewell, who takes the position of the retiring Daniel Cooperman, will report directly to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

"We are thrilled to have Bruce join our executive team, and wish Dan a very happy retirement," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "With Bruce's extensive experience in litigation, securities and intellectual property, we expect this to be a seamless transition."

Intel announced Sewell's departure yesterday alongside several other organizational changes, but provided no information on his future plans. Sewell's apparently-sudden departure raised some eyebrows given current antitrust investigations focused on Intel, but today's announcement by Apple provides reassurance regarding the circumstances of his departure.