On top of announcing the departure of its chief design officer, Jony Ive, Apple also issued a press release to note it has named a new senior vice president of Operations—24-year veteran of the company, Sabih Khan:
Khan has played an important role in delivering each of Apple’s innovative products to market since the late 1990s, leading key product operations and supply chain functions. He continues to report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.
Khan’s responsibilities will be taking the reins of Apple’s global supply chain, along with “ensuring product quality and overseeing planning, procurement, manufacturing, logistics and product fulfillment functions, as well as Apple’s supplier responsibility programs that protect and educate workers at production facilities around the world.”
“Sabih leads our Ops team with heart,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “He and his entire worldwide team are committed to delivering unmatched experiences to our customers, treating workers everywhere with dignity and respect, and protecting the environment for future generations.”
“I’ve been privileged to work with Sabih for more than 20 years, and you won’t find a more talented operations executive anywhere on the planet,” said Williams. “He is a world-class leader and collaborator, and I have no doubt that he will be the best leader of the Ops team in Apple’s history.”
Prior to joining Apple in 1995, Khan worked at GE Plastics.