Evans Hankey, Apple vice president of industrial design has decided to leave the company and move on. Previously, Evans Hankey replaced the iconic designer Jony Ive at the company in 2019.

Hankey replaced John Ivy in 2019

Hankey replaced Apple design chief Jony Ive three years ago when Ivy left to start his personal independent company. Evans Hankey spent several years at Apple reporting to Ive. However, she was reporting to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams for the last three years. “Apple’s design team brings together expert creatives from around the world and across many disciplines to imagine products that are undeniably Apple. The senior design team has strong leaders with decades of experience. Evans plans to stay on as we work through the transition, and we’d like to thank her for her leadership and contributions.” Spokesman said in a statement confirming that Hankey is stepping down.

Hankey will support the transition

Hankey was responsible for much of Apple’s industrial design work. However, she was not well recognized as Ive. Experts recognize Ive as one of the key minds behind the introduction of the iMac, iPod and iPhone. Ive was close with Apple founder Steve Jobs and reported directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Despite Hankey’s departure, Apple has not yet decided about her replacement. Hankey will remain in the post for the next six months during the transition period. Moreover, Apple COO Jeff Williams will continue to manage the design teams though the product marketing team.

Hankey’s has a long-term affiliation with Apple and she was responsible from look and feel to the methods used to produce them in large volumes. Therefore, the media often quoted her after new products launch, discussing specific design decisions and the way Apple’s design team works.

Although media report confirmed Hankey’s departure from Apple but they did not say anything regarding her next destination.

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