Apple Inc. (AAPL) has been undergoing a number of changes in the past year, from Tim Cook taking over as CEO, the passing of Steve Jobs, and Ron Johnson leaving the company’s retail team. In a press release on Thursday, Apple announced that their SVP of Hardware Engineering, Bob Mansfield is retiring and will be leaving the company.
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.
Mansfield has helped Apple create some of its most successful products. He has worked with Mac hardware engineering since 2005, as well as hardware engineering for the iPhone and iPad since 2010. Mansfield’s dedication to the company began in 1999 when Apple acquired Raycer Graphics, where he held a VP position.
Mansfield will be replaced by Dan Riccio, who has worked with Mansfield in the past on iPad engineering and according to Apple “is very well respected within Apple and by the industry.” Riccio is currently Vice President of all iPad hardware engineering, and has been working on the device since the introduction of the first generation.
Apple will be losing one of the greats in hardware engineering, and like Jon Rubinstein and Tony Fadell, Mansfield will be looking at something new after his over 10 years of dedication to the company and enjoying his newfound retirement.