Apple has Appointed a New Senior Vice President of Operations

  • Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer has recently announced his exit from Apple
  • Jeff Williams is Apple’s chief operating officer
Sabih Khan, SVP, Operations, Apple

Apple has announced that Sabih Khan, a 24-year Apple veteran, has been named to the company’s executive team as senior vice president of operations. Khan has played an important role in delivering each of Apple’s 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.

“Sabih leads our Ops team with heart,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. Cook added, “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.”

Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer has recently announced his exit from Apple. Ive had said that he is starting a design agency. Interestingly, Apple will be one of Jony Ive’s first clients.

Incharge of Apple’s entire supply chain

In his new role, Khan will be in charge of Apple’s entire supply chain, ensuring product quality and overseeing planning, manufacturing, procurement, logistics and product fulfilment functions, as well as Apple’s supplier responsibility programs around the world.

“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 Jeff Williams Williams. Jeff added, “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.”

Before joining Apple’s procurement group in 1995, Khan worked as an applications development engineer and key account technical leader at GE Plastics. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Apple’s operations team is responsible for driving scale across the global supply chain and accelerating manufacturing innovation, including developing and scaling a new aluminium alloy that enables the use of 100 percent recycled aluminium in MacBook Air and Mac mini enclosures without compromising quality. The team also supports Apple’s environmental initiatives by partnering with suppliers to propel green manufacturing, helping conserve resources and protect the planet.