While we already have announced a stellar lineup for the first Code Conference — including General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Hollywood mogul Ryan Seacrest — here’s another pair to add to the mix: Top Apple execs Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue.
They will headline our second night at the event in late May.
Apple has been an important part of our tech conferences for a long time now — this is actually the 12th that Walt Mossberg and I will mount. We had the late Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs onstage many times in memorable interviews, including a joint one with Microsoft’s Bill Gates. More recently, we had current CEO Tim Cook, who talked about his vision for the legendary Silicon Valley tech company.
And we are very eager to hear from Federighi and Cue, longtime Apple veterans and key decision makers at the company who have contributed a lot to its success.
Cue, who has been at Apple for 25 years, is SVP of Internet Software and Services, reporting to Cook. That is a modest description for a very large portfolio, including the iTunes Store, the App Store and the iBookstore. And even more: Siri, Maps, iAd and iCloud. Cue has also worked on iLife and has been a manager of software engineering and customer support units.
Federighi, who has also been at Apple on and off for a very long time, is its SVP of Software Engineering. Also reporting to Cook, he is in charge of the development of iOS, OS X and “Apple’s common operating system engineering teams.” In other words, the stuff — including user interface and applications — that makes your pretty iPhone and iPad work. Federighi came back to Apple in 2009 as head of OS X engineering. He also worked at Jobs’s NeXT, then came to Apple with him. He also did a stint along the way at Ariba, including as CTO.
We are very excited to have both Cue and Federighi at the event to talk about a range of things about the company that remains at the center of the action, especially in the important mobile sector. From the shifting entertainment and communications landscape to the fast-moving wearables space to, well, everything digital, these two play a very important role.
While the event has been sold out, we will be posting news, as well as videos, on Re/code throughout the Code Conference, including this interview.
And we have one more major speaker to announce tomorrow, along with demos and some new twists for our new conference.