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Apple Hardware SVP Bob Mansfield to Retire

A big exective departure for Apple. Bob Mansfield, the company’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, is retiring.

A 13-year Apple veteran, Mansfield oversaw the engineering of every major piece of hardware Apple has debuted in the past decade — iPod, iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air. He’ll leave the company later this year after transitioning his role to Dan Riccio, Apple’s vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering. Another Apple veteran, Riccio has been with the company since joining it in 1998 as vice president of product design.

“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 in a statement announcing Mansfield’s departure. “We are very sad to have him leave and hope he enjoys every day of his retirement.”

Manfield is one of two top Apple executives headed out of the company. Apple told investors that Betsy Rafael, its corporate controller and principal accounting officer, will leave the company on October 19. Rafael joined Apple in 2007.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik