Bob Mansfield's Return Linked to Scott Forstall's Departure?
Bob Mansfield's return to Apple for two years following the announcement of his retirement is in part linked to Scott Forstall's departure, according to an AllThingsD report.
A source told the site, “The timing of Bob’s return is not coincidental.”
To begin, Mansfield was not a fan of Forstall’s confrontational management style, and sources said he generally tried to avoid the iOS exec. Indeed, Bloomberg last year reported that Mansfield would meet with Forstall only if Cook was present to mediate. I’ve heard many similar stories.
“It wasn’t a him-or-me situation,” one source said of Mansfield’s return and Forstall’s ouster. “But, put it this way, I think Bob was much more willing to commit to two more years once he knew Scott was on his way out.”
It's unclear what Mansfield will do at the new Technologies unit; however, the division is said to combine wireless teams across the company “including semiconductor teams, who have some very ambitious plans.”
Apple recently announced the Scott Forstall would leave his position as senior vice president of iOS Software but remain on as an adviser to Tim Cook for a year.