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September 15, 2009 1:22 PM

Apple Hires Former Intel General Counsel

Posted by Claire Zillman

The day after he resigned as Intel's general counsel, Bruce Sewell was named Apple's chief legal officer, reporting directly to CEO Steve Jobs, Corporate Counsel reports. As head of Apple’s legal department, Sewell replaces Daniel Cooperman, who is retiring at the end of the month. 

Sewell decided to leave Intel because of a reorganization of the company’s business units that gave more power to the chipmaker's three executive vice presidents, Corporate Counsel reports.

Since becoming Intel's general counsel in November 2004, Sewell spent much of his time fighting government allegations that Intel had broken antitrust rules. In May the European Commission fined Intel $1.5 billion for offering illegal rebates to computer makers. Intel asked the Commission to overturn that decision Tuesday.  

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