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Apple hires new general counsel from Intel

Company taps the chipmaker for its latest hire. Bruce Sewell is joining Apple as general counsel and senior vice president.

Apple said Tuesday it has snagged Intel's general counsel to assume the same role in its corporate offices.

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Bruce Sewell has worked at Intel since 1995--his most recent role as that company's legal chief and a senior vice president. At Intel, Sewell was responsible for managing corporate policies and hundreds of lawyers in more than 30 countries. Sewell will also serve as a senior vice president at Apple.

Sewell is replacing Daniel Cooperman, Apple's current legal head honcho, who is retiring at the end of September. Cooperman served as general counsel for the last two years after replacing Nancy Heinen, who was investigated by the SEC in connection with Apple's stock-option backdating scandal. (Heinen settled with the SEC last year, admitting no guilt.)

There are several important cases that Sewell will have to oversee as soon as he takes the reins, including the recent FCC inquiry into the rejection of the Google Voice app and the ongoing Psystar copyright infringement case.

On Monday, the departure of another longtime Intel executive was made public. Pat Gelsinger is leaving for EMC after 30 years at Intel.