Sahib Khan, a 24-year Apple veteran, has been named to the company’s executive team as senior vice president of Operations. According to a company press release, the India-born Khan who joined Apple in 1995 has played an important role in delivering each of Apple’s innovative products to market, leading key product operations and supply chain functions. He continues to report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.
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.”
“Sabih leads our Ops team with heart,” the press release quoted CEO Tim Cook, as saying. “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.”
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. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
India Today reported that Khan hails from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, and was born in 1966.Quoting Hindi news channel Aaj Tak, the India Today report said that Khan studied up to the fifth grade in India before his family shifted to Singapore from where he completed his schooling. The report also noted Khan’s love for Hindi songs and Parle-G biscuits.
Bloomberg, in an August 2018 report on people who help Cook run Apple, called Khan Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams’ “wingman,” and said that Khan, who “Khan runs day-to-day manufacturing of the iPhone, as well as other devices,” has inherited “more responsibility for global supply chain operations that churn out hundreds of millions of devices per year—tasks once handled by Williams.”