According to her public LinkedIn profile, Rita Lane, Apple’s vice president of operations for the iPad, Mac desktops and Mac accessories, has retired from the company, 9to5Mac is reporting. Lane was in charge of the supply chain and manufacturing for iPads, computers like the iMac, and Apple’s Mac accessories.
“Due to her position, Lane was likely instrumental in the iPad’s rapid growth as a product and emergence in society over the past few years, making the departure a significant loss for Apple. However, the company likely has other experienced operations managers who could fill Lane’s role. Her exact successor is unknown.”
Before Apple, Lane served as the senior vice president of Motorola’s supply chain. She was hired by Tim Cook in 2008, and was profiled by Business Insider as one of Apple’s highest ranking women. Lane was also referred to as a “Tim Cook disciple” and was mentioned in a Fortune article regarding Tim Cook’s impact on Apple.
Prior to working at Motorola, Rita Lane was a supply chain executive at IBM.