Apple announced today that their Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Bob Mansfield, will soon retire, though no timeline was given for his departure. The role will transition to Dan Riccio, Apple’s vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering, over the next few months, while the 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.”
Mansfield joined Apple in 1999 when the company acquired Raycer Graphics, where he was vice president of Engineering. Mansfield has overseen hardware engineering for the Mac since 2005, iPhone and iPod since 2010, and iPad since its creation.
CEO Tim Cook is confident that Apple’s Hardware Engineering team will continue to thrive under new leader Dan Riccio. ”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,” Cook said. “Our hardware engineering team is the best engineering team on earth and will not miss a beat during the transition.”
Riccio joined Apple back in 1998, and has participated in the development of most of Apple’s key products in the years since.