Apple’s Bob Mansfield, senior vice president of hardware engineering, announced his retirement on Thursday. Known among consumers for his appearances in promotional product videos, Mansfield has been with Apple since 1999, and is the first member of the company’s executive team to leave since Tim Cook took over as CEO.
“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,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said about the departure. “We are very sad to have him leave and hope he enjoys every day of his retirement.”
Mansfield’s previous projects include hardware for the Mac since 2005, and hardware for the iPhone and iPod since 2010. He will be replaced by Dan Riccio, who currently acts as vice president of iPad hardware engineering, over the next “several months.”