Bob Mansfield to Focus on New Products, Other Execs Take Over Management Duties

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this week, Apple executive Bob Mansfield stepped down from his management duties at Apple in order to focus on 'special projects' -- reportedly working on the development of entirely new products for the company.

    Now, 9to5Mac has additional details about how the shake-up affects other executives.

    Dan Riccio, who was promoted to lead Apple's hardware engineering teams when Bob Mansfield first retired last year, will gain oversight of the company's antenna design teams in addition to his current leadership of Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod engineering.

    Jeff Williams, who, as Senior Vice President for Operations, has been Tim Cook's right hand man for years, will take over the job of managing Apple's special projects engineering teams, while Mansfield gets to continue working with Apple's newest and most cutting edge designs without the distraction of management.
    9to5 goes on to note that though Mansfield would like to retire at some point, he will likely never fully leave the company. Given the lengths that Tim Cook went in order to keep Mansfield at Apple, it's likely he will be given free rein to work whatever hours and on whatever projects he wishes.

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  2. komodrone macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
  3. Klae17 macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2011
    Putting his talents to better use! I still want him to be in the keynotes though, can't innovate my a**!
  4. davidjearly, Aug 2, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2013

    davidjearly macrumors 68020


    Sep 21, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    It was Schiller who said that, not Mansfield. ;)
  5. Gary03mw macrumors regular


    Mar 22, 2013
    Bob must really know what he's doing... I don't know enough about this guy.
  6. Mebsat macrumors regular

    May 19, 2003
    Also, his recent insistence to wear a monk's robe and be accompanied by a live falcon was not fitting in with the rest of the exec team meeting vibe.
  7. tbrand7 macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2013
    New York
  8. UnfetteredMind macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    Sounds like the dream job for a tech guy (especially prior to "retirement"). Good on Bob!
  9. darbus69 macrumors regular


    Mar 3, 2009
    only problem I see is that visionary and youthfulness ofttimes come hand in hand...time
    for Apple to bring in the new???
  10. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    Good. Their current products are stale, no reason to upgrade type of products.

    iPhone and iPad can't do all the work for too much longer.
  11. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
  12. Mr.Dave macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2013
    NJ, USA
    Indeed! He gets to work on the most exciting stuff without having to deal with any employees reporting to him. Some gig.
  13. Tubamajuba macrumors 68020

    Jun 8, 2011
    You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave...
  14. iBug2 macrumors 68040

    Jun 12, 2005
    This looks like what Steve did for Jony, giving him total freedom of all management and answering to only Steve. So Cook following Steve on this.
  15. jfx94 macrumors regular


    May 22, 2013
    where ever I am at.
    Bob has done some great stuff for apple. Keeping him around is definitely in the company's best interest.
  16. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    OK I don't get why Cook created this new role when he did the re-org last year. Why didn't he just say Mansfield would be working on special projects (even if internally he was still managing teams that weren't ready to transition to Riccio or Williams). It just seems odd to create a new SVP role only to get rid of it 8 months later. And then not say anything to the media until after someone questioned why Mansfield was removed from Apple's website. Very strange all around. :confused:
  17. sportsfan macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2009
    Looks like he is more invaluable than the Jobs himself?
  18. SeattleMoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 17, 2009
    Der Wald
    Big mistake a LOT of engineering companies make is to make their best engineers...managers.

    You end up with a "meh" manager while losing a great engineer.

    Good to see Bob getting to play in the lab and just be a geek again!!!
  19. UnfetteredMind macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    Jobs is dead (sadly), not much to be done to keep him at Apple or bring him back.

    I agree with the other poster (SeattleMoose) about destroying a good engineer by making him a manager. Glad he is freed from these mundane duties to do what he enjoys (and hopefully bring some benefits).
  20. mattyu007 macrumors regular


    Jan 29, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    I love listening to Bob Mansfield talk during the Apple videos… It's going to be a sad day when he finally retires. :/
  21. Henriok macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2002
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    Mansfield's role might be to setup and start their semiconductor business.

    I was thinking that all the rumors and facts surrounding Apples foray into chip design and now perhaps manufacturing will be Mansfield's role to lead. This would be a separate entity within Apple and since it's not the consumers or developers that would be this department's foremost customer, then this division might do best to not act directly under Apples's primary management structure.
  22. otismotive77 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2013
    let's what he's going to bring up, super-excited!
  23. radioactive macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Sounds like when I was in the Air Force, when my Colonel ended up on the bad side of the base commander. Magically, he was re-assigned to be in charge of "special projects".

    Two months later, the boss came to him and said "Sorry Mike, there aren't any more special projects, you can stay if you want as to supervise the cleaning of the base barracks, or you can retire..."

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