Apple Announces Retirement of Bob Mansfield, Senior VP of Hardware Engineering
By on June 29th, 2012

Apple has announced in a press release that Apple Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield is retiring. His role will be transitioned to Dan Riccio, Apple’s Vice President of iPad Hardware Engineering. Mansfield joined Apple in 1999 and has led Mac hardware engineering since 2005, along with iPhone, iPod, and iPad engineering since 2010. In the recent years, he has contributed to Apple’s success. He oversaw the development of the MacBook Air notebooks,  as well as recent iPhone and iPad designs. He sold off more than $70 million in Apple stock and options in the past few years.

Apple® today announced that Bob Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, will retire and the role will be transitioned to Dan Riccio, Apple’s vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering, over several months. The entire hardware engineering team will continue to report to Mansfield until his departure.

“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 Riccio, the executive who will be replacing Mansfield responsibilities, has been with Apple since 1998. Riccio was the the vice president of product design for 12 years before taking over the iPad division in 2010. Apple’s press release says Riccio “has been a key contributor to most of Apple’s hardware over his career.” Notice, how the company’s new senior vice president of hardware engineering is the vice president of iPad hardware engineering.

Also, in a separate announcement made today in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple reported that Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Office, Betsy Rafael, will also be retiring, effective October 19.

Thank you, Bob Mansfield for taking engineering to a whole new level.

Author: Parth Dhebar
Parth Dhebar is a 18 year-old entrepreneur. He is the founder of Simple Reviews, a blog focused on reviewing iPhone and iPad applications. Parth is a recognized name in the industry, known for covering Apple news. He is an editor at Techie-Buzz covering news on Apple. You can follow him on Twitter @pdparticle.

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