Known for being responsible for the design of various Apple products, Jony Ive announced on Thursday (27) that he is leaving the company later this year. According to the executive, the reason for the change is because he “will form an independent design company that will feature Apple among its key customers.”
With that, despite leaving his post after 27 years of Apple, Ive will not stop working with the company. Cupertino’s own CEO Tim Cook confirmed the move and told the Financial Times that this is an “evolution”:
Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects and through the continued work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built. After so many years working together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony in the future.
For those who do not follow the Apple world, Ive is one of the most respected industrial designers in the world and has worked on a number of the company’s products. He was directly involved in designing the first Macs, iPod, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and others.
In addition, he also helped design the design of the current “Apple Park,” which is the headquarters building of the company in California. Ive joined the company in 1992 and will now devote to their company called “LoveFrom”. In a statement sent to the press, he commented:
After almost 30 years and countless projects, I am very proud of the long-lasting work we have done to create a design, process and culture team within Apple. The team will surely thrive under the excellent leadership of Evans, Alan and Jeff, who are among my closest collaborators. I have the greatest confidence in my Apple design colleagues, who remain my closest friends, and look forward to working with them for many years.