What you need to know
- Apple's VP of communications Steve Dowling announced he's leaving the company after 5 years in the position.
- Dowling has been with Apple for a total of 16 years.
- Apple's Phil Schiller will step in to Dowling's role on an interim basis.
Apple's VP of communications Steve Dowling (opens in new tab) is leaving the company, according to a memo sent to staff this week (via Vox). Dowling was head of communications for the past five years and spent a total of 16 years at Apple.
Here's the memo, in part:
Dowling has been with Apple through some of its biggest launches, including AirPods, iPhone X, and iPad Pro. Apple said of his departure:
Apple's Phil Schiller will take over Dowling's duties on an interim basis. It's unclear who is being lined up to replace Dowling, but Vox's report said both internal and external candidates are being considered.
Dowling ends his memo by praising Apple and showing gratitude to CEO Tim Cook:
Dowling's departure comes on the heels of a report that claimed Apple's leadership team is growing increasingly thinner amidst changes and employee growth. The source in the report said Apple's current leadership structure "doesn't look particularly effective."
Dowling's memo said he will be available through the end of October before Schiller takes over.
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