The central core of Apple executives has mostly remained intact since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1996. But Katie Cotton, senior vice president for worldwide communications, announced yesterday she is retiring after 18 years.
Unlike figures such as marketing chief Phil Schiller, design guru Jony Ive, and (until becoming CEO) COO Tim Cook, Cotton has maintained a low public profile. But on the relatively frequent public events in Jobs’s career, Cotton was rarely far from his side and she has remained close to Cook.
By all reports, Cotton’s role has been a quiet but influential one, especially in the Jobs era. She’ll be missed.