On Friday, 28 June 2019, Apple shared the news that its chief design officer, Jony Ive, has resigned from the company. According to an article published by Telecompaper, Ive will depart Apple later this year in order to start his own design firm — where Apple will be a primary client, Apple said in a statement.
Ive will pursue “personal projects” but also continue to work closely “on a range of projects with Apple,” the California tech company said.
Ive — who has spent close to 30 years with the tech giant, designing products like the infamous iPhone and Mac — is to replaced by Evans Hankey and Alan Dye. Both Hankey and Dye are expert design team leaders, as well as vice president of Industrial Design and vice president of Human Interface Design, respectively. They are set to report to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams.
Ive was a key collaborator of the late Steve Jobs at Apple when the company’s fortunes were revived with the development of the iPod and later the iPhone.
In Walter Isaacson’s biography, Jobs praised Ive as being his partner in dreaming up devices.
In other news, Apple has also announced the appointment of Sabih Khan as senior vice president of Operations. The 24-year old will be tasked with managing Apple’s global supply chain, ensuring product quality and overseeing Apple’s supplier responsibility programmes.
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