Business Superhero of the Month: Jonathan Ives23 Apr 2015
We are all about sharing the love at OpenCRM so each month we are going to be shouting about one individual in particular, who we feel is a true business superhero. They might have helped turn a business around, supported a local charity or they could be changing their industry on a global level, it’s here where we will share why we think this person deserves to be crowned our #BusinessSuperhero.
April’s #BusinessSuperhero goes to the one and only Sir Jonathan Ives, Senior Vice President of Design at Apple. Originally from Chingford, London, Jonathan has gone on to be one of the most successful creative designers in the world.
As a software company, it felt only right that our first monthly title went to Jonathan. He oversees the Apple Industrial Design Group and also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface software teams across the company. Just a few of the products Jonathan has designed are: MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, Apple Watch and iOS 7. To name but a few!
As an adopted Northerner, after graduating from Northumbria University with a degree in industrial design, Jonathan turned to Apple products after wanting more from the user’s experience and was impressed with Apple’s innovative and forward thinking system. Since 1996, Jonathan has been responsible for leading the design team, which created the world’s most desired, lusted after and demanded product of our generation. It’s Jonathan’s vision for the design of the Apple products that has led it to be the success it is today. He truly is the brainchild of the Apple brand and the products we have all become some accustomed to. His products are now even part of collections of museums worldwide, including MoMA in New York and the Pompidou in Paris. Pretty cool!
Graham Anderson, CEO of OpenCRM, comments: “Jonathan is a true leader for his generation, his passion and creative thoughts have helped mould and create one of the leading products of our lifetime. His legacy will go on forever, he has laid down the gauntlet for other creative tech individuals to challenge themselves and see how far they can change the shape of this ever evolving industry. Plus he’s from good old Blighty – he’s a proper business superhero.”
Do you agree with our #BusinessSuperhero for April? Who would be your chosen one for next month?
Before I got my start in the tech industry as part of Apple’s UK Mac launch team, I was a professional drummer (notice I didn’t say musician). But once I got in, I was hooked and I’ve been involved in the tech industry, primarily software development, for over 35 years. I founded this company and I now have the enviable title of System Architect (as well as Managing Director) here at OpenCRM.