Apple’s Vice President of Public Relations Katie Cotton to retire

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Katie Cotton, Apple’s Vice President of worldwide corporate communications, will be retiring from her position at Apple after spending 18 years at the company.

The news was first reported by Re/code:

“Katie has given her all to this company for over 18 years,” Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said in a statement. “She has wanted to spend time with her children for some time now. We are really going to miss her.” Reached for comment, Cotton told Code/red her decision to leave Apple was among the most difficult of her career. “This is hard for me,” she said. “Apple is a part of my heart.”

Katie helped shape the media narrative around Apple through this nearly two decade period, which included the release of revolutionary products like the iPhone and iPad. She’s also helped Apple do damage control following controversies like antennagate and iOS 6 Maps, where Apple received a lot of criticism in the media.

Katie joins a number of other top executives like Scott Forstall, John BrowettGreg ChristiePeter Oppenheimer who have left the company in the past few years.

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