Apple Promotes Jonathan Ive to Chief Design Officer

Apple Promotes Jonathan Ive to Chief Design Officer

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced the promotion of Jonathan Ive to Chief Design Officer in an email to employees.

Ive was previously Apple's Senior Vice President of Design. As part of his promotion, Rich Howarth becomes the head of Industrial Design and Alan Dye becomes the head of User Interface.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Ive revealed he is still in charge of both departments but "having Alan and Richard in place frees me up from some of the administrative and management work which isn’t … which isn’t …”

“Which isn’t what you were put on this planet to do?”

“Exactly. Those two are as good as it gets. Richard was lead on the iPhone from the start. He saw it all the way through from prototypes to the first model we released. Alan has a genius for human interface design. So much of the Apple Watch’s operating system came from him. With those two in place I can ...”

"Think more freely?”


You can read Cook's full email to employees below...


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.


[via The Telegraph] [via 9to5Mac]

Apple Promotes Jonathan Ive to Chief Design Officer
(left to right) Alan Dye, Jony Ive, and Richard Howarth (Photo: Gabriela Hasbun for The Telegraph)

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The Return of The Three Musketeers. Ahoy! On the other side, ... who cares.
Nat - May 26, 2015 at 2:10pm
You did because you cared enough to mention 3 musketeers and cared to click the article.