Meet The Women Who Help Keep Apple Insanely Great

Katie CottonKatie Cotton

Photo: Apple via Fortune

Apple, like many tech companies, has a reputation for being male- dominated at the top.There are no women in Apple’s elite executive team and only one woman currently sits on the company’s board of directors.

Still, there are more than half a dozen women who hold prominent executive positions at the company. These women help run everything from Apple’s iOS software to the company’s online stores.

Katie Cotton, VP of Communications

Tim Cook may be the face of Apple, but in many ways Katie Cotton is the voice. Cotton is Apple's top communications person who is responsible for dealing with the media, shaping the brand's message and building up buzz for products.

Rita Lane, VP of Operations

Rita Lane was hired by Cook back in 2008 to help oversee the company's supply chain operations for the iPad and Mac, a key position at a company that prides itself on the efficiency of its supply chain. Before this she managed the supply chains for Motorola and IBM. Oh, and did we mention she used to be a captain in the U.S. Air Force?

Jennifer Bailey, VP of Worldwide Online Stores

Apple's bricks-and-mortar retail stores get a lot of praise, but the company's online store is better than most as well, and Jennifer Bailey deserves some of the credit for that. Bailey has been in charge of Apple's online stores since 2003, during which time Apple has opened up online stores in countries around the world. Before joining Apple, Bailey helped spearhead Netscape's Netcenter business.

Isabel Ge Mahe, VP of iOS Wireless Software

Isabel Ge Mahe is the VP in charge of Apple's wireless software. In that role, she oversees everything from Bluetooth to GPS code. Mahe has a long resume as a software engineer, having worked at Palm, Philips Semiconductors and other tech companies over the last two decades.

Betsy Rafael, VP and Controller

Betsy Rafael is Apple's chief accounting officer, responsible for overseeing the company's financial reporting and making sure Apple complies with SEC regulations. Before coming to Apple, she worked as the VP of finance at Cisco Systems.

Kim Vorrath, VP of Program Management

Kim Vorrath runs the iOS program at Apple and plays an integral part in each iOS update. Vorrath has worked at Apple for more than two decades in various roles including serving as a project manager for the Mac OS X division (as you can see in her poorly updated LinkedIn profile here.)

Andrea Jung, member of Apple's board of directors

Andrea Jung, the former CEO of Avon, was appointed to Apple's board of directors by Steve Jobs in 2008. There was speculation a few months back that she might lose her seat after she came under scrutiny at Avon over a bribery scandal, but for the time being, she is still a member.

Women executives who have since left Apple

Several other women have held prominent positions at Apple over the years. Deborah Coleman served as Apple's chief financial officer and vice president of operations for more than a decade. Then there's Sarah Brody, Apple's former director of design, who left the company in early 2011 for a job at PayPal.

Apple's executive team has quietly started to turn over...

NOW WATCH: Tech Insider videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at research.businessinsider.com.au.