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Apple's former Mac software chief joins board of Parallels

Apple's former Mac software chief has joined virtualization software company Parallels as a non-executive board member.

Apple's former senior vice president of Mac software engineering, Bertrand Serlet.
Apple's former senior vice president of Mac software engineering, Bertrand Serlet.

More than a year after leaving Apple to pursue scientific endeavors, Apple's former Mac software chief Bertrand Serlet has joined the board of software company Parallels.

Parallels is perhaps best known among Mac users for its Desktop virtualization software, which lets Mac users run Microsoft's Windows operating system, and thus Windows applications without rebooting (like Apple's own Boot Camp solution requires).

"Bertrand is the rare combination of a software visionary and master of execution," Birger Steen, Parallels' chief executive said in a statement. "We're thrilled to be bringing his world-class experience and expertise to Parallels as the company continues its fast-paced growth and global expansion."

Serlet, a longtime Apple employee who had been regular during Mac OS demos at the company's keynote presentations, announced his departure from Apple last March, saying he would be focusing "less on products and more on science." Since then, that statement has been questioned. A story by Business Insider last month claimed that Serlet was working on a new cloud storage startup with two former Apple employees called Upthere, which remains in stealth mode.

In its release, Parallels said that Serlet will be a non-executive director of the now 11-person board, which includes Microsoft, IBM and Intel alumni.

Apple immediately replaced Serlet with Craig Federighi, who now heads up the company's Mac OS efforts. Apple is largely expected to roll out the next major version of its Mac OS next week.