Donald J. Rosenberg Joins Apple as General Counsel

Apple today announced that Donald J. Rosenberg, senior vice president and general counsel of IBM, will join the company as its senior vice president and general counsel, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

“We’re thrilled to welcome such a seasoned professional to our executive team,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “Don has a broad range of experience that includes litigation, securities, intellectual property and antitrust, and he will be responsible for overseeing all legal matters and government affairs for Apple.”

In his over 30 years at IBM, Rosenberg has held numerous positions including senior vice president and general counsel of the IBM Corporation; vice president and assistant general counsel for litigation; and counsel to IBM’s mainframe division, where he played a key role in formulating its policies with regard to intellectual property protection. His focus on securities, intellectual property and competition issues has involved extensive interaction with the SEC, the US Department of Justice and the European Economic Commission.

Rosenberg received a B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law where he was an editor of the Law Review.


  1. <i> Is Apple expecting to start some waves soon or brace for them?<i>

    Apple is playing in the major leagues now. They needed a new general counsel, and were fortunate to get someone like Rosenberg with so much industry experience.

    There’s not a whole lot to be read into this.

  2. The only time I recall Apple wasn’t “thrilled” about something is when Steve Jobs apologized to the shareholders for the accounting irregularities. Yeah, yeah, I know being thrilled is in Apple’s DNA. I’m thrilled for them.


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