March 27, 2006 - Apple's software engineering chief of nearly a decade, Avadis "Avie" Tevanian, Jr., will leave the company at the end of March, the San Francisco Chronicle reported tonight on a blog on its Web site.
Apple confirmed Tevanian's departure today, according to a post by Chronicle reporter Alan T. Saracevic on the newspaper's technology blog, The Tech Chronicles.
It is not immediately clear why Tevanian is departing. According to Apple, he will leave to "pursue other interests" the Chronicle said.
"He plans to take some time off in the interim," Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications Katie Cotton told the newspaper in an email. "He hasn't left yet, though. His last official day is March 31."
Tevanian came to Apple as senior vice president of Software Engineering in February 1997 after the company acquired NeXT. He was named chief software technology officer in 2003.
A Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D, Tevanian had a key role in developing the Mach kernel and then the NeXTSTEP operating system. At Apple, he was instrumental in the development of Mac OS X at Apple.
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