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Apple’s Longtime App Store Developer Relations Chief Retires

  • Okamoto departure comes amid antitrust, developer scrutiny
  • Former executive listed as witness in Epic Games litigation
     
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Apple Inc.’s executive in charge of App Store developer relations retired and the role has been taken over by a key marketing executive, according to people familiar with the matter.

Ron Okamoto was hired by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 2001 as vice president of developer relations after previously serving as an executive at Adobe Inc. At Apple, Okamoto helped oversee the app-review process and policies, distribution of tools to build and sell apps, forums and technical developer support, the annual WWDC conference, awards for developers, and developer communications.