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Apple’s Ive regains management of design team after 2 years

Apple Inc.’s Jony Ive, a key executive credited with the look of many of the company’s most popular products, has re-taken management of product design teams.

Ive, 50, handed off some day-to-day management responsibility in 2015 while the iPhone maker was building its new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California.

“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,” Amy Bessette, a company spokeswoman, said today in a statement.

Ive was named Apple’s chief design officer in 2015 and concurrently handed over day-to-day management of the company’s hardware and software design teams to executives Alan Dye and Richard Howarth, who then reported directly to Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook. At the time, Ive remained responsible for all of Apple’s design, but wasn’t managing the teams directly.

Now that the new campus is finished, the executives and Apple’s hardware and software design teams will once again report directly to Ive.

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