Apple has announced that the company’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, Bob Mansfield, will retire and now the role will be taken care by Apple’s vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering, Dan Riccio, over several months. The entire hardware engineering team will continue to report to Mansfield until his departure. The entire hardware engineering team will continue to report to Mansfield until his departure.
As senior VP of Hardware Engineering, Mansfield has led Mac hardware engineering since 2005, iPhone and iPod hardware engineering since 2010 and hardware engineering since its inception. Mansfield joined Apple in 1999 when Apple acquired Raycer Graphics while Riccio currently serving as a vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering. Riccio joined Apple in 1998 as vice president of Product Design and has been a key contributor to most of Apple’s hardware over his career.
Here is what the company’s CEO Tim Cook said:
“Bob has been an instrumental part of our executive team, leading the hardware engineering organization and overseeing the team that has delivered dozens of breakthrough products over the years,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are very sad to have him leave and hope he enjoys every day of his retirement.”
“Dan has been one of Bob’s key lieutenants for a very long time and is very well respected within Apple and by the industry,” added Cook. “Our hardware engineering team is the best engineering team on earth and will not miss a beat during the transition.”