Jonathan Ive, senior vice-president of Industrial Design, Apple, who has worked on the iPod and iPhone, has received a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.
Ive has received a KBE from the Queen for “services to design and enterprise”. Among some of Apple’s products he has worked on include the iPhone and the iPod.
“I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making,” he said. “To be recognized with this honour is absolutely thrilling and I am both humbled and sincerely grateful.”
“I discovered at an early age that all I’ve ever wanted to do is design. I feel enormously fortunate that I continue to be able to design and make products with a truly remarkable group of people here at Apple,” he added.
Born in February 1967 in Chingford, north London, Ive started working for Apple in 1992. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and an honorary doctorate from Newcastle Polytechnic. In 2003, he was named Designer of the Year by the Design Museum London and awarded the title Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts.