Apple's chief designer Jonathan Ive to leave the company?
Jonathan Ive is the man behind the look and feel of Apple's most successful products like the iPad and the iPhone, and if there is one area in which Apple outshines its competition that would be exactly the design. But could it be that Cupertino might lose its senior VP of product design? Latest report suggests that Ive might leave Cupertino for his native England where he allegedly wants his sons to receive education. The relocation might be what put Apple's board and the designer “at loggerheads” as the company wants to keep the design process near its head quarters.
Ive received an option grant two years ago at a time when Apple's stock traded relatively cheap at nearly $100. Currently, the company's shares trade for around $350, allowing the designer to cash in some $30 million. This could be a serious blow to Apple, after CEO Steve Jobs took a leave of absence. The iconic CEO might be the moving force of the company, but Ive was the person behind Apple's signature design. In recognition, Ive was named the smartest designer in tech by the Fortune magazine last July.
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