The company on Monday confirmed the departure of general counsel Nancy Heinen, who was its highest-ranking female executive, but did not say when she left, or why.
"Nancy Heinen is no longer an Apple employee," said company spokesman Steve Dowling. "We've already begun the search for a (new) general counsel. In the interim, Peter Oppenheimer, our chief financial officer, will oversee Apple's legal department."
Heinen's exit follows that of iPod division chief and longtime hardware executive, as well as that of . Tevanian on Monday of voice portal company Tellme Networks.
Word of Heinen's departure comes just as Apple scored a major victory in a British court, with a judge ruling that Apple canin conjunction with its iTunes Music Store.
Heinen's departure was noted Friday on Apple enthusiast site Apple Insider.