updated 08:35 am EST, Tue March 28, 2006
Tevanian plans departure
Apple's Chief Technology Officer Avie Tevanian is leaving the company to "pursue other interests," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Apple, who didn't offer any other details behind Tevanian's decision, said that the executive plans to leave at the end of the month to take some time off. Tevanian played a key role in developing Mac OS X, according to the report. "Tevanian, who is considered an operating systems whiz, began his career at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was instrumental in the development of the Mach kernel. There he met Steve Jobs, who showed a divine interest in his skills and Mach." An Apple spokesperson said that "He plans to take some time off in the interim. He hasn't left yet, though. His last official day is March 31." Tevanian became the company's chief software technology officer in 2003 in a joint announcement that also promoted Bertrand Serlet to senior vice president of Software Engineering.