Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John may be leaving the company


Bozoma Saint John
Bozoma Saint John joined Apple with the Beats acquisition.
Photo: Apple

Bozoma Saint John, head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music, may be on her way out of Apple, a recent report claims.

Saint John is probably best known to Apple watchers as the person who took the stage at last year’s WWDC event to show off Apple Music’s then-new user interface — which included attempting to get the crowd to somewhat awkwardly clap along to The Sugarhill Gang’s song “Rapper’s Delight.”

There’s no word on why she may be leaving Apple, whose decision this was, or when she will (might?) be out of the door. However, the news has made waves online not least because Saint John was a prominent woman of color in a high-ranking position at Apple.

Like many tech companies, Apple has been criticized for a lack of diversity among its more senior employees, and has made efforts to redress this balance. When Saint John appeared on stage at WWDC last year, many people embraced her as emblematic that things were changing.

As a new “breakout star” at the event, she even joined the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook as being enough of a public face of Apple to have a “power lunch” with her auctioned off in aid of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

Before she joined Apple, Saint John worked at Pepsi and, after that, Beats. Here, for posterity, is her appearance on last year’s WWDC event:

Source: Axios