Continuing a new trend among senior executives, Apple’s general counsel has joined the Board of Directors at Vail Resorts, a ski resort company with locations in Colorado, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming. Bruce Sewell currently serves as Apple’s “general counsel and senior vice president of Legal and Government Affairs. Believe it or not, he worked as a professional ski patroller during his college years.
“In his role at Apple, Mr. Sewell oversees all legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation and securities compliance, as well as government affairs,” according to Vail. “Between college and law school, he toured the country skiing in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, and worked as a professional ski patroller at Windham and Hunter Mountains in New York.”
Sewell is a key Apple senior executive who overseas all of the company’s legal dealings, including the high profile lawsuit with Samsung. Before he joined Apple in 2009, Sewell led Intel’s legal affairs.
When Steve Jobs was Apple’s CEO, executives rarely sat on the boards or advised for other companies. Tim Cook was a rare exception when he joined Nike’s board back in 2005. Cook was head of Apple’s operations at the time.
Apple’s software and services exec, Eddy Cue, recently joined Ferrari’s board. Moonlighting on another company’s board is a good way for executives to keep their feet wet and pursue other business ventures outside of their main gig.