Bob Mansfield, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, to Retire

Apple PR:

“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.” […]

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.

It’s a high-pressure job. Tim Bucher cracked and got fired from it in 2004, and it was ugly. Mark Papermaster was shown the door in 2010 after Antennagate.

Mansfield, to my knowledge, is going out on top.

Friday, 29 June 2012