Earlier this week, Apple executive Bob Mansfield stepped down from his management related duties at the Cupertino California company in order to focus on what was dubbed “special projects” reportedly working on the development on new products for the company. Additional details shed light on how the changes have affected other executives.
Dan Riccio, who was promoted to lead Apple’s hardware engineering teams when Bob Mansfield first retired last year will gain oversight of the company’s antenna design teams in addition to his current leadership of Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod engineering. Jeff Williams, who is Senior Vice President for Operations has been Cook’s right hand man for years will take over the job of managing Apple’s special projects engineering teams, while Mansfield gets to continue working with Apple’s newest and most cutting edge designs without the distraction of management. 9to5Mac mentioned the following regarding the details:
According to a source familiar with the former Technologies team, there has been a lack of formal internal communication regarding the reasoning behind the management shift. However, the company did make the new executive roles clear to these employees. Even with the lack of communication, sources say that the change is not unprecedented. Over the last couple of months, Mansfield is said to have been increasingly focused on chips (and some aspects of wireless) while delegating his other teams to other executives.