Jony Ive Removed From Apple's Leadership Page

Apple today removed Jony Ive from its leadership page on its website, suggesting that he has officially departed the company after nearly three decades. The change was spotted by French blog MacGeneration.

Jony Ive portrait by Brian Bowen Smith

Ive led Apple's design team since 1996. Promoted to Chief Design Officer in 2015, he had been responsible for all design at Apple, including the look and feel of Apple products like the iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch, packaging, and major architectural projects such as Apple Park and Apple Stores.

In June, Apple announced that Ive would depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company named LoveFrom with his designer friend Marc Newson. Apple said it will remain one of Ive's primary clients.

"Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple's revival cannot be overstated, from 1998's groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in June.

Apple said its operations chief Jeff Williams will "spend more of his time" working with the company's design team in their studio. Evans Hankey and Alan Dye, vice presidents of Industrial Design and Human Interface design at Apple, respectively, will now report to Williams as part of the transition.

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2 weeks ago
Leadership page got 2 mm thicker then.
Rating: 72 Votes
2 weeks ago
Product visionaries all but gone from Apple.



Rating: 68 Votes
2 weeks ago
I thank Jony for all the work as you did great things. However it was time for a change as Form over Function became too extreme IMO.
Rating: 53 Votes
2 weeks ago
Jobs was the balance that Ive needed. Often Steve had to reel him back in, but ever since Steve passed away, Johnny Ive got too powerful at apple. His words got too much weight. Its good now that he's gone and hopefully balance and rational thinking is restored at apple.
Rating: 24 Votes
2 weeks ago


Product visionaries all but gone from Apple.



Brain, heart, soul and guts of Apple gone.

Replaced by MBA charlatans and venal, money-obsessed scumbags.
Rating: 19 Votes
2 weeks ago
As much as I dislike some recent designs, I still feel sad. It’s the end of an era.
Rating: 18 Votes
2 weeks ago


Product visionaries all but gone from Apple.



I really believe the man on the right will return at some point.
Rating: 18 Votes
2 weeks ago
Its about time Apple ups their design game.
Rating: 17 Votes
2 weeks ago
My take: he was great at physical design of objects. Not so great at interface design, which he eventually got involved in. As crucial as his designs were to Apple’s revival, he became less crucial over time. Still, I’ll miss hearing “aluminium”.
Rating: 16 Votes
2 weeks ago
What an incredible legacy. We haven’t seen such a body of work since Dieter Rams. It’s been fun to watch. Thanks for everything, Jony.
Rating: 14 Votes

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