According to Bloomberg News, Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company later this year to form an independent design company. According to the news, he will continue to have Apple among its primary clients.
– Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built. After so many years working closely together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future, the CEO Tim Cook said in the press release.
According to Apple, the design team will in the future include for example Evan Hankey and Alan Dye to report to Apple´s chief operating officer.
-Design team leaders Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, vice president of Human Interface Design, will report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. Both Dye and Hankey have played key leadership roles on Apple’s design team for many years. Williams has led the development of Apple Watch since its inception and will spend more of his time working with the design team in their studio.
Apple (AAPL) shares were trading on Thursday down 0,03 % to 199,70 dollars, market cap 919 billion dollars.