29 July 2013AllThingsD:
“Bob is no longer going to be on Apple’s executive team, but will remain at Apple working on special projects reporting to [CEO] Tim [Cook],” company spokesman Steve Dowling told AllThingsD. He declined any further explanation, refusing to comment on the reasons behind Mansfield’s surprising move, whether he remains Apple’s SVP of Technologies or whether the company plans to appoint a new executive to that role.
Weird. After initially announcing his retirement, Cook said that Mansfield was to stay at Apple for two more years. I suppose he didn’t say he would stay on as an executive for that time span, though.
Was there an argument? Or was it always planned out for Mansfield to slowly step back on his seniority?