Apple Executives

Bob Mansfield still loved at Apple, wants to concentrate on 'special projects'

Following Apple's removal of Bob Mansfield from their executive team, and clarification that he'd be staying to work on special projects, some more color and context has been reported on the situation. And it's low on drama, high on love. First, John Gruber of Daring Fireball:

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Bob Mansfield no longer on Apple's executive team, still working on special projects

Bob Mansfield, until today listed as senior vice president of technologies, is no longer part of Apple's leadership, although he's not left the company either. Apple's Steve Dowling provided the following statement to John Paczkowski of All Things D:

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Swinging for the stars: On Apple's hiring of Kevin Lynch

Last night news broke that Adobe's chief technology officer (CTO) Kevin Lynch was leaving to join Apple as their new vice president of technology. Reporting to senior vice president of technologies, Bob Mansfield, rumor has it he'll be charged with coordinating between the software and hardware divisions. Confusion, doubt, and curiosity has followed.

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Apple promotes Craig Federighi, Dan Riccio to SVP, Executive Team, Bob Mansfield staying on to work on "future products"

Apple has just announced that Craig Federighi is being promoted, fully taking the long-departed Betrand Serlet's post as senior vice-president of Mac software engineering, and his place on the Executive Committee. Also, as expected, Dan Riccio has been promoted to SVP of hardware engineering, and will also be joining the Executive Committee. However, Apple also announced that the man Riccio was to replace, Bob Mansfield, will no longer be retiring, but will be staying with Apple to work on "future projects". All three will report to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and all three now appear on Apple's Leadership page.

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Apple promotes Eddy Cue to Senior VP of Internet Software and Services

9to5Mac scored a copy of an internal memo from new CEO, Tim Cook, announcing that Apple's Eddy Cue is getting a promotion from VP of iTunes, MobileMe, and App Store, to Senior VP of Internet Software and Services, and putting him on the exec team.

Team, It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Eddy Cue to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. Eddy will report to me and will serve on Apple’s executive management team.

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Tim Cook

Apple has updated their corporate profiles page to reflect Tim Cook's new position as CEO and Steve Jobs' elevation to Chairman of the board.

Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple and serves on its Board of Directors.

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Ron Johnson, head of Apple Retail, leaves to become CEO of JC Penny

Ron Johnson, the man who helped Apple revolutionize retail with the Apple Stores, is leaving to take over the CEO spot at JC Penny. Apple has issued the following statement to All Things D:

“Ron is excited about this opportunity and we hope it goes well for him,” a spokesperson said. “We’ve got a great retail team in place and are actively recruiting for his replacement.”

And JC Penny states that Johnson isn't just taking over, he's taking on a large investment as well:

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Papermaster's exit from Apple was cultural, not iPhone 4 specific

The Wall Street Journal (and the often informed Yukari Iwatani Kane) are reporting that while it's unknown how much iPhone 4 antennagate and white iPhone 4 delays played in SVP of mobile hardware, Mark Papermaster's exit from Apple, there were broader cultural issues at play:

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Mark Papermaster, head of iPhone hardware, leaves Apple

Mark Papermaster, whose departure from IBM for Apple led to some high profile legal wrangling, has now left Apple -- chronologically following the antennagate saga, though no direct correlation has been reported. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told the New York Times:

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Jeff Williams promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations to take charge of Apple product quality

AppleInsider is reporting that Jeff Williams, who's been at Apple for over a decade, has just been promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations and tasked with making sure Apple products meet "the highest quality standards".

It's hard not to imagine this as anything other than a response to "antennagate" and other iPhone 4 problems, though there's another theory afloat:

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