Sabih Khan, a 24-year Apple veteran, described by Apple CEO Tim as a leader with a ‘heart.’ will head Apple’s global supply chain as senior vice president of Operations.
The iconic company based in Cupertino, California, announced the Indian-American’s appointment June 27, noting that Khan has 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.
“Sabih leads our Ops team with heart,” Cook is quoted saying in the press release. “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,” Cook added.
Khan continues to report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, but in his new role, he 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, the company press release said.
“I’ve 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,” said Williams. “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.”
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, the company said.
Khan’s team also supports Apple’s environmental initiatives by partnering with suppliers to propel green manufacturing, the press release said.
Before joining Apple’s procurement group in 1995, Khan worked as an applications development engineer and key account technical leader at GE Plastics.
He has bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).