Huge moment for India as Sabih Khan named Apple’s new Senior Vice President of Operations

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In a huge development that will make every Indian proud, smart-phone giant Apple has named India-born Sabih Khan the company’s senior vice president of Operations. Khan, whose family hail from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh has been with Apple since 1995 working in various senior executive roles.

Sabih Khan

A statement by Apple said that Khan played an important role in delivering ‘each of Apple’s innovative products to market since the late 1990s, leading key product operations and supply chain functions.’ Khan will continue to report to Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams.

Reacting to Sabih Khan’s promotion, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said, “Sabih leads our Ops team with heart.” Cook added, “He and his entire worldwide team are committed to delivering unmatched experiences to our customers, treating workers everywhere with dignity and respect, and protecting the environment for future generations.”

Khan’s father Saeed Khan hails from Rampur and is now currently settled in Singapore. Saeed Khan was the president of an oil company before retiring and settling in Singapore for good. Sabih Khan was brought up in Singapore. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

In his new role, Khan will be in charge of Apple’s global supply chain, ensuring product quality and overseeing planning, procurement, manufacturing, logistics and product fulfillment functions, as well as Apple’s supplier responsibility programs that protect and educate workers at production facilities around the world.

Williams, his boss, said that he had been ‘privileged to work with Sabih for more than 20 years, and you won’t find a more talented operations executive anywhere on the planet.’

“He is a world-class leader and collaborator, and I have no doubt that he will be the best leader of the Ops team in Apple’s history,” he added.

The Operations team is responsible for driving scale across the global supply chain and accelerating manufacturing innovation, including developing and scaling a new aluminum alloy that enables the use of 100 percent recycled aluminum in MacBook Air and Mac mini enclosures without compromising quality. The team also supports Apple’s environmental initiatives by partnering with suppliers to propel green manufacturing, helping conserve resources and protect the planet.

Before joining Apple’s procurement group in 1995, Khan worked as an applications development engineer and key account technical leader at GE Plastics.

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