Apple vice president of operations, Jeff Williams, recently earned himself a promotion to senior vice president of operations. Mr. Williams will continue to report directly to Tim Cook, Apple’s COO.
As part of his duties, “Jeff leads a team of people around the world responsible for end-to-end supply chain management and dedicated to ensuring that Apple products meet the highest standards of quality,” according to his company biography.
Mr. Williams joined Apple in 1998, and was instrumental in the company’s push into the smartphone market with the iPhone. He was promoted from head of worldwide procurement in 2004 to vice president of operations.
Rumors hint that he is being groomed to eventually replace Mr. Cook, who has been suggested as a possible successor to Steve Jobs as CEO, although there isn’t any direct evidence to support the idea.