UKtech50 2012 - The most influential people in UK IT

8. Sir Jonathan Ive - Senior vice president of industrial design, Apple

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As senior vice-president of industrial design at Apple, Ive is more responsible than most for the consumer technology revolution. Since introducing the iMac in 1998, Ive led a design team widely regarded as one of the best in the world to create ground-breaking Apple products including the iPod, iPhone and iPad. He was knighted in 2012, and after the recent departure of other senior Apple executives has taken on wider responsibilities including the software user interface for Apple's products. The products designed by Ive have prompted huge changes in corporate and consumer behaviour that are likely to be felt for years to come.

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