The Senior Vice President of Apple Bruce Sewell was among six people distinguished in their field who have been awarded honorary degrees at the July graduation ceremonies.
A Lancaster graduate, lawyer Bruce Sewell has enjoyed a high-flying career with two of the world’s best known companies - Intel and Apple – and has also made significant contributions to the wider public good.
He graduated with a degree in Psychology from Lancaster University in 1979 and gained his J.D. from George Washington University in the US in 1986. He was admitted to the California Bar the same year and to the Washington DC Bar in 1987. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
He is now Apple’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs.
He joined Apple in 2009 from Intel Corporation where he was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. While at Intel, he was responsible for establishing the company’s Corporate Sustainability Group used to improve the environment. He also led Intel's award winning corporate pro-bono programme (the Million Hour Pledge campaign) through which Intel employees donated 1.3m volunteer hours globally to social and community projects.
Outside the corporate world, Bruce Sewell is also involved with the Equal Justice Works scheme, an initiative that provides two-year fellowships to young lawyers assigned to projects or cases in disadvantaged communities.