Apple Computer Australia managing director Diana Ryall has decided to call it a day, announcing she will retire from the computing arena in October.
The announcement comes after Ryall's recovery from cancer earlier this year. The Apple community has rallied to wish Ryall all the best in her retirement.
"The best of luck to her," said Sasha McQuaid, director of North Sydney Apple centre Total Recall Solutions. "She has been very good for the channel and a very strong leader. She is also a very upfront person - what you see is what you get."
"We will be sad to see her go," said Apple Centre Taylor Square operations director Ben Morgan. "She has navigated Apple through a very rough period and she has been very good for the company."
Ryall has been with Apple for more than 15 years, beginning in the education sector. She moved into the managing director position early 1998.
Diana is much loved by the industry and highly respected" said Apple corporate affairs manager, Myrna Van Pelt. "She epitomises Apple. Her credibility is our credibility."
Although retiring, Ryall is likely to continue working on mentoring programs for young people in the IT industry. Over the years, she has been one of the chief proponents for women in IT.
"Even though she is retiring, I know she will have 101 projects on the go", said Van Pelt.
Current Apple marketing director Ben Bowley will step into Ryall's shoes. Bowley has been with the company intermittently for more than 10 years. The search is now on at Apple for someone to fill the marketing director position.
"It will be a seamless transition," said Van Pelt. "Ben has the full support of the company and a great diversity of skills."