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Apple's longtime design chief Jony Ive is leaving the company

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Ive has overseen the design of everything from Apple's products to its retail stores and new campus, and has been regarded as one of the firm's most important executives since joining in 1996.

"Apple will continue to benefit from Jony's talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a company statement.

"After so many years working closely together, I'm happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future."

Apple's design team leads, Evans Hankey, vice president of industrial design, and Alan Dye, vice president of human interface design, will now report to Jeff Williams, the firm's chief operating officer.

Dye was one of the executives who led the day-to-day operations of Apple's hardware and software teams while Ive was involved in helping build Apple's new campus, which opened in 2017, according to Bloomberg.

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