Former Apple Software Chief Joins His Pals At Elevation Partners

Avadis “Avie” Tevanian, a former chief software technology officer at Apple, has jumped ship to Elevation Partners, where he will be a Managing Director.

Tevanian joins Fred Anderson, Apple’s former CFO who is a managing director at Elevation. Elevation is also the largest investor in Palm, and brought in Apple exec Jon Rubinstein as CEO of the mobile company. Tevanian will help Elevation discover new investment opportunities and develop strategy for the firm.

Tevanian spent nearly 10 years at Apple. Prior to serving as Chief Software Technology Officer, he was Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, where he led the software engineering team that developed Apple’s operating system OS X. Earlier in his career, Tevanian was Vice President of Software Engineering at NeXT Computer. Tevanian holds a B.A. in mathematics from University of Rochester and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. While at Carnegie Mellon, Tevanian designed and engineered the Mach operating system, which OS X is based upon.

Elevation also recently pulled in Palm director and former eBay exec Rajiv Dutta late last year to help the private equity firm raise money for a second fund.