Management shakeup at Apple sees Forstall and Browett to leave

AppleApple today announced a number of changes to its executive team to “encourage even more collaboration between the Company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams.” As a result, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will all take on additional responsibilities.

“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.”

Jony Ive will take on leadership for Human Interface (HI) across the company. Eddie Cue will pick up responsibility for Siri and Maps as all of Apple’s online services move into a single group. Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X operating systems. Bob Mansfield will lead a new group called Technologies that will combine all of Apple’s wireless teams into a single one and will also include the semiconductor teams “who have ambitious plans for the future.”

There are also two key departures: Scott Forstall, SVP of iOS Software, will leave sometime next year. In the meantime, he will act as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook. John Browett, head of Apple retail, is also leaving after being on the job for less than a year. Apple will be looking for a new head of Retail.

Source : Apple