LONDON London-born Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, was awarded the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours List.
The honour recognizes Ive’s achievements in industrial design as leader of the team that produced not only the iPod but also the iMac, iBook and Powerbook computer lines in his nearly 13-year career at Cupertino, California-based Apple.
Born in London in 1967, Ive studied art and design at Newcastle Polytechnic before co-founding Tangerine, a design consultancy where he developed everything from power tools to televisions.
In 1992, one of his clients – Apple – offered him a job at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. Working closesly with Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, Ive developed the iMac. As well as selling more than 2million units in its first year, the iMac transformed product design by introducing colour and light to the drab world of computing where, until its arrival, new products were encased in opaque grey or beige plastic. Ive's team designed the original iMac and its successors, the original iBook and its successors, the Power Mac starting with the Blue and White Power Mac G3, the Power Mac G4 Cube, the PowerBook starting with the Titanium PowerBook G4, the eMac, the Mac mini, the Xserve and Xserve RAID, the iPod family, the AirPort base station family, and the Apple Cinema Display and some later Studio Displays. The team has also assisted in the design of some third-party Mac accessories such as the Harman Kardon Soundsticks speaker system.
In November 2005, the Sunday Times newspaper ranked Ive third in a list of U.K. expatriates most successful in the U.S. citing that “his music players have shaken up two industries — music and electronics”. In compiling the list, the size of the British executive’s company was just one, albeit important, factor taken in to account. The newspaper also looked at the person’s influence within that company, within their industry and in wider society — particularly U.S. society. Ive was only out-ranked by Martin Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of American International group (AIG) and Sir Howard Sringer, Sony chairman and chief executive.