Apple CEO Steve Dowling left the company.
Dowling, vice president of communications and public relations manager, has worked at Apple for 16 years and has been in charge of Apple press releases, iPhone launch events and internal communications for most of 2014 from the management of Apple CEO Tim Cook. Recode previously announced Dowling's departure.
"After another successful launch of the product, he decided to leave Apple to spend some time with his family," Apple said in a statement Wednesday. It leaves behind a huge legacy that will serve the company well into the future. We thank him for all that he has given Apple and we wish him the best. "
Apple's chief marketing officer Phil Schiller, known for leading the company's secret culture and directing product features, will take over, Apple said. Dowling's departure marks at least the third known CEO to leave this year. , after former senior vice president of retail Angela Arends and head of design Johnny Ive.