Katie Cotton, Apple's head of public relations, set to retire

Katie Cotton, longtime head of Apple's public relations (PR) team under both the late Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook is getting set to retire. Statements from Apple and Cotton both have been published by Re/code:

"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." Reached for comment, Cotton told Code/red her decision to leave Apple was among the most difficult of her career. "This is hard for me," she said. "Apple is a part of my heart."

Cotton has been responsible for shaping a generation of Apple media relations, including iconic products like the iPhone and iPad. She will no doubt be missed but she's also leaving behind an incredibly talented PR organization at Apple.

Other senior Apple executives who have recently retired or announced their retirement include Peter Oppenheimer, the CFO and Bob Mansfield, head of hardware engineering.