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Apple executive Bozoma Saint John to leave company, report says

By Mikey Campbell

Apple Music and iTunes marketing executive Bozoma Saint John is planning to leave Apple, according to a report on Friday, though the reason for her supposed departure is at this point unknown.

In a brief report, Axios citing an unnamed source or sources claims Saint John intends to leave the company, presumably in the near future. The report further stated that Apple was contacted but declined to comment on the matter.

Saint John currently serves as Head of Global Marketing for Apple Music. She joined Apple after the company purchased Beats Music in 2014, initially working behind the scenes to negotiate deals and bolster the Apple Music brand. She rose to the fore thanks to a memorable onstage presentation of the then-new Apple Music app refresh at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference last June.

Since then, "Boz" has become a corporate ambassador of sorts for Apple Music. In October, for example, the executive appeared in ad alongside Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine and James Corden.

Saint John was featured in Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen conference in November, where she talked about emigrating from Ghana to the United States as a teenager.

Most recently, Saint John earned a spot on Billboard's Power 100 list in February and was featured in business magazine Black Enterprise's "Most Powerful Women in Business" issue a month later.

If and when Saint John departs, Apple will lose one of its very few female executives. The company's top ranks include a handful of women, including environment VP Lisa Jackson, retail chief Angela Ahrendts and Denise Young Smith, who recently switched roles from head of human resources to VP for Inclusion and Diversity.

Prior to Apple and Beats, Saint John was an executive at Pepsi.

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