Apple's senior vice president of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield will retire, the company said today.
CEO Tim Cook said in a statement, "Bob has been an instrumental part of our executive team, leading the hardware engineering organisation and overseeing the team that has delivered dozens of breakthrough products over the years."
Mansfield has worked at Apple since 1999, when the company bought Raycer Graphics, where he was vice president of Engineering. Mansfield led the Mac, iPhone and iPod hardware engineering teams during his tenure.
"We are very sad to have him leave and hope he enjoys every day of his retirement," Cook said.
Dan Riccio, VP of the iPad Hardware Engineering team, will take up the hardware engineering mantle over the next couple of months. Riccio started at Apple in 1998 as VP of Product Design.
"Dan has been one of Bob's key lieutenants for a very long time and is very well respected within Apple and by the industry," Cook said.
The team will continue to report to Mansfield until he departs. Cook said the hardware engineering team "will not miss a beat" during the transition, as called them the "best engineering team on earth".