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Craig Federighi, Dan Riccio promoted to Senior Vice Presidents at Apple

On Monday, Apple announced that it was promoting vice president of Mac Software engineering Craig Federighi and vice president of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio to senior vice president positions. The two men will report directly to Tim Cook.

Federighi, shown on the left in the above image, is a public face for Apple and recently appeared in the last WWDC where he introduced Mountain Lion. He worked with Steve Jobs at NeXT and then moved to Apple. He left Apple in 1999 to work for software and information technology services company Airba. He stayed there ten years before returning to Apple in 2009.

Riccio, shown in middle in the above image, joined Apple in 1998 after a stint at Compaq where he worked on the mechanical design of Compaq's consumer PC products. He started off as vice president of Product Design and has played an important role in the development of the iPad.

The announcement also confirmed that Bob Mansfield (above right), who announced his retirement from his position as senior vice president of Hardware Engineering in June, will stay on at Apple and work on future projects under the guidance of Tim Cook. There was no title given to Mansfield's new position, so it's not clear what role he will play in the company. Regardless, it's good news that the man who guided the teams which delivered the MacBook Air and the iMac will remain at Apple for a while longer.

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