Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design Officer

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Jony Ive, the leading entity for design at Apple, has served as the Senior Vice President of Design for several years. That will change soon, though.

On Monday, May 25, Apple officially announced that Ive has been promoted to Chief Design Officer — a new position within Apple that is, by all accounts, manifested solely for Ive and his promotion. The promotion will go into effect now, with Ive handing over managerial duties from his former post beginning July 1.

Richard Howarth will be focusing on hardware beginning on that date, as he takes up the mantle of Vice President of Industrial Design. Howarth is a familiar face to hardware at Apple, though, as he has been a part of the iPhone team ever since the first iteration of the device.

Alan Dye will be moving up to Vice President of User Interface Design, which encompasses both the desktop interface and mobile devices.

Here’s the text of Tim Cook’s letter to Apple employees:


I have exciting news to share with you today. I am happy to announce that Jony Ive is being promoted to the newly created position of Chief Design Officer at Apple.

Jony is one of the most talented and accomplished designers of his generation, with an astonishing 5000 design and utility patents to his name. His new role is a reflection of the scope of work he has been doing at Apple for some time. Jony’s design responsibilities have expanded from hardware and, more recently, software UI to the look and feel of Apple retail stores, our new campus in Cupertino, product packaging and many other parts of our company.

Design is one of the most important ways we communicate with our customers, and our reputation for world-class design differentiates Apple from every other company in the world. As Chief Design Officer, Jony will remain responsible for all of our design, focusing entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives. On July 1, he will hand off his day-to-day managerial responsibilities of ID and UI to Richard Howarth, our new vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, our new vice president of User Interface Design.

Richard, Alan and Jony have been working together as colleagues and friends for many years. Richard has been a member of the Design team for two decades, and in that time he has been a key contributor to the design of each generation of iPhone, Mac, and practically every other Apple product. Alan started at Apple nine years ago on the Marcom team, and helped Jony build the UI team which collaborated with ID, Software Engineering and countless other groups on groundbreaking projects like iOS 7, iOS 8 and Apple Watch.

Please join me in congratulating these three exceptionally talented designers on their new roles at Apple.



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[via Telegraph]