Apple SVP of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield is retiring

 

Bob Mansfield, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, is leaving the company. Mansfield has an impressive track record with the company. In 2005 he was leading the team of Mac engineers and in 2008 he was promoted to executive. In 2010, he added iPhone and iPad engineering leader to his resume, replacing Mark Papermaster. All in all, Mansfield has been with Apple since 1999, but it seems his journey at the company has come to an end.

Apple published a press release on Thursday with the news of his retirement and information about his replacement, Dan Riccio. Riccio is currently the Vice President of iPad Hardware Engineering, but over the course of the next few months, he will make the transition to Senior VP of Hardware Engineering.

Of Mansfield’s departure, Apple 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. We are very sad to have him leave and hope he enjoys every day of his retirement.”

 You’ll all probably recognize Mansfield as a regular in Apple’s infamous product videos, and I’m certainly sad to see him go. Clearly he’s had a lot of influence over most of the gadgets we hold dear, and this is just one more strike from the Steve Jobs dream team. That being said, though, I’m confident that Cook, Riccio, and the rest of Apple’s team will put out some truly amazing products in the coming years.
If you’re interested, the full press release is reprinted below. What do you guys think of Mansfield’s retirement? Will the company struggle without his keen eye, or will the rest of the hardware guys step up to fill Mansfield’s sizable shoes? Sound off in the comments below or hit me up on twitter @TiP_Jake.
Press Release:

Bob Mansfield, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, to Retire
Dan Riccio to Take Over Role When Transition is Complete

CUPERTINO, California-June 28, 2012-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 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.”

As senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, Mansfield has led Mac® hardware engineering since 2005, iPhone® and iPod® hardware engineering since 2010, and iPad® hardware engineering since its inception. Mansfield joined Apple in 1999 when Apple acquired Raycer Graphics, where he was vice president of Engineering. Mansfield earned a BSEE degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982.

Riccio currently serves as vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering and has been instrumental in all of Apple’s iPad products since the first generation iPad. 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. Dan earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1986.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

 

Via: Engadget, Cult of Mac

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    I would like to wish Bob a long and happy retirement and if he has a bucket list of things he wants to do I hope he is successful in crossing them off and enjoys doing so. I would also like to invite him to join us at http://www.homeexchange50plus.com if swapping homes for a vacation is something he may consider.
     
    Brian Luckhurst