2021-02-25

Apple Exec Shuffle: Dan Riccio Takes Secret Position; John Ternus Now SVP of Hardware

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Apple Newsroom:

Apple today announced Dan Riccio will transition to a new role
focusing on a new project and reporting to CEO Tim Cook, building
on more than two decades of innovation, service, and leadership at
Apple. John Ternus will now lead Apple’s Hardware Engineering
organization as a member of the executive team.

My quick take, after asking around a bit: This is nothing but good news for Apple. Riccio and Ternus are both all-star A-Teamers — very smart, very effective, and well-respected and liked. This is not an easing-out-the-door of Riccio: he really is taking over something big and new. And Ternus is incredibly well-suited to take over as SVP of hardware for all existing product lines.

I still don’t know which project Riccio is heading, but my guess is that it’s the headset, not Titan, simply because I’m certain the headset is closer. I think it’s a sign that the headset is ready to get real, and Apple wants someone as capable as Riccio to lead it with nothing else on his plate.