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    Default Apple's Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering Retiring


    Apple recently announced that its Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Bob Mansfield, will be retiring. Apple’s current Vice President of iPad Hardware Engineering, Dan Riccio, will take over his position over the next several months as Mansfield departs. Cook said the following about Mansfield:

    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. We are very sad to have him leave and hope he enjoys every day of his retirement.
    Mansfield, who has been with the company since 1999, had played a large role in recent hardware releases for the company. Since 2008, the Senior Vice President has led Mac hardware and since 2010 has led hardware for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Riccio, who serves as the current Vice President of iPad Hardware Engineering has played an important role in all of Apple’s iPad products since the first-generation iPad. He joined Apple in 1998 as Vice President of Product Design and has been contributing to most of Apple’s hardware throughout his career. He is a great successor to Mansfield who will likely be enjoying his retirement as he recently sold off all of his stock just a little over a year ago and is planning to retire in Bonny Doon.

    For those of you who are interested, you can read Apple’s full press release below:

    Check out the full press release after the break:

    CUPERTINO, California—June 28, 2012—Apple® today announced that Bob Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, will retire and the role will be transitioned to Dan Riccio, Apple’s vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering, over several months. The entire hardware engineering team will continue to report to Mansfield until his departure.

    “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.”
    “Dan has been one of Bob’s key lieutenants for a very long time and is very well respected within Apple and by the industry,” added Cook. “Our hardware engineering team is the best engineering team on earth and will not miss a beat during the transition.”

    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.

    Riccio currently serves as vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering and has been instrumental in all of Apple’s iPad products since the first generation iPad. Riccio joined Apple in 1998 as vice president of Product Design and has been a key contributor to most of Apple’s hardware over his career. Dan earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1986.

    Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post


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    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooo

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    Strong resemblance of the late Chris Farley. And retiring at the ripe old age 50, must be nice!

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    He should go into teaching - there's a lack of teachers with real-world industrial design skills. It's a fairly narrow field, too.

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    It would be nice to be able to sell a bunch of stock and retire early! Sounds like Riccio is a good replacement, nothing for Apple to worry about there.

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    Good for him! He has worked hard and is reaping the rewards. I do agree that persons such as him should give back with teaching..he has tons of invaluable real world experiences that anyone could benefit from..just saying.

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    Sounds pretty nice :P or From the rumors of Facebook gathering former Apple employees to possibly try to make a FB phone??? Would be the perfect guy. LOL Maybe Mark made him a offer he couldn't refuse LOL

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    I wonder how would they survive after retirement? Leaving all the perks and stuff that he had, how would he survive the "perk-less" and "salary-less" job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomaspeter View Post
    I wonder how would they survive after retirement? Leaving all the perks and stuff that he had, how would he survive the "perk-less" and "salary-less" job?
    I think him cashing out $70 million in stock options over the past couple years should be good enough to have a great retirement.

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