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Apple Cloud exec hits the road to lead GM's software department

Mike Abbott, the former vice president of engineering for Apple Services, has departed to head up General Motors' newly created software department.

Abbott, joining as a senior leadership team member, will head up a newly-integrated software department. The department will focus on developing vehicle and enterprise software technologies and solutions.

The organization will deliver digital services and features to retail and commercial customers from start to finish.

Abbott joined Apple in 2018. In his role, he oversaw work on Apple Cloud Services like iCloud+, Mail, FindMy, FaceTime, and more.

Before working at Apple, Abbott worked at Twitter as Vice President of Engineering. At the time, he primarily focused on building out Twitter's infrastructure.

He also worked at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins as a partner on its digital team.

The cloud exec's departure isn't Apple's only recent exit. In April, Apple executive Doug Beck left the company to take on a full-time Department of Defense position.