Apple Announces Management Changes: Scott Forstall and John Browett leaving Apple

On October 30, 2012

Yesterday Apple announced that  there would be several big changes in the executive team. Probably the biggest changes are the immediate departure of retail chief John Browett and a 2013 exit for iOS chief Scott Forstall.

Furthermore  Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue, and Craig Federighi will all be taking on increased responsibilities, these include the following:- Jony Ive will take over leadership of Human Interface teams in addition to his role as head on Industrial Design.- Eddy Cue will take over responsibility for Siri and Maps, consolidating online services under one unit. Cue was promoted just over a year ago to Senior Vice President for Internet Software and Services.- Craig Federighi will lead both the iOS and OS X teams. Earlier this year, he waspromoted to Senior Vice President of Mac Software Engineering. Now, he gains the iOS team that was formerly under Scott Forstall.

– Bob Mansfield will lead a new “Technologies” group focused on innovation in wireless technology and semiconductors. Earlier this year, Apple announced that Mansfield would be retiring, but several months later announced he would instead be staying at the company. Well now it seems that Mansfield will be staying at the company for the foreseeable future.

Perhaps the biggest news yesterday was that Scott Forstall, the current SVP of iOS Software, is leaving the company next year. In the meantime, he will serve as an advisor to Tim Cook. On the retail side, Senior Vice President of Retail John Browett has announced that he is stepping down effective immediately, with the retail team reporting directly to Tim Cook on an interim basis.

Update: Apple has updated its Leadership webpage removing Browett and Forstall, while adding the additional responsibilities for Ive, Cue, Mansfield, and Federighi.