- Company said Friday that Chief Design Officer Ive had resumed normal duties
- He had taken a step back two years ago to oversee the Apple ‘spaceship’
- Apple Park in Cupertino, California is the futuristic circular headquarters
Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive has returned to manage the company’s design teams after handing off duties two years ago to focus on construction of the company’s corporate campus.
Apple confirmed on Friday that Ive would be resuming day-to-day management of the design teams with the completion of the Cupertino, California headquarters.
‘With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design,’ Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette said.
Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive (seen in October) has returned to manage the company’s design teams after handing off duties two years ago
Ive had been focused on the completion of Apple Park, nicknamed ‘the spaceship’. The campus’ Steve Jobs theater is seen in September, hosting its first product launch
Apple Park, the new circular headquarters that some have nicknamed ‘the spaceship’, opened to employees in April while construction continued.
The $5billion campus will be home to roughly 12,000 Apple employees, the company said.
Ive, who had led Apple’s design teams since 1996, was behind many of the company’s most iconic designs, from early iMacs that came in translucent jelly-bean colors to the first iPhone.
In 2015, Ive was named chief design officer, reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook.
He then handed off some administrative duties to Apple design executives Alan Dye and Richard Howarth to focus on broader efforts like Apple’s retail stores and Apple Park.
Dye and Howarth will now report to Ive once again.