Apple's senior communications executive, Steve Dowling, leaves the company.
Dowling, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations, has been with Apple for 16 years, and since 2014, in his current role, has been responsible for Apple's news to the press, iPhone launch events, and internal communications for most of Tim Cook's tenure Executive Officer of Apple. "After another successful launch, he decided to leave Apple to spend some time with his family," Apple said in a statement Wednesday. He leaves an enormous legacy that will continue to serve the company in the future. We are grateful to him for everything he has given Apple and wish him well. "
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, known for leading the secret corporate culture and directing product features, will take the lead, Apple said. Dowling's departure marks at least the third well-known executive this year, according to former senior vice president of retailing, Angela Ahrendts, and design chief Jony Ive.