Sir Jony Ive joined Apple as a full time employee in 1992
Apple has announced
that its long-term chief design officer Sir Jony Ive is to leave the
company after nearly 30 years.
Described as the man behind the design of the iPhone, iPod and iMac, Sir Jony is leaving Apple to form his own independent design company called LoveFrom – which Apple confirmed it will be a client.
Despite the departure
both parties have confirmed Sir Jony will continue to work closely
with Apple on a number of projects.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has praised Sir Jony and said that “his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated” when mentioning his contribution to the 1998 iMac and iPhones that followed.
“Apple will continue
to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on
exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of brilliance 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
Commenting on his
departure Sir Jony said: “After nearly 30 years and countless
projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create
a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer.”
Apple also confirmed
that industrial design vice president Evans Hankey and human
interface design vice president Alan Dye will now report to Apple’s
chief operating officer Jeff Williams.
Sir Jony added: “The
team will certainly thrive under the excellent leadership of Evans,
Alan and Jeff, who have been among my closest collaborators. I have
the utmost confidence in my designer colleagues at Apple, who remain
my closest friends, and I look forward to working with them for many
years to come.”