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Apple designer Jonathan Ive honoured by Queen Elizabeth II

From the office of British Consulate General, San Francisco

December 30, 2005, 4:15 p.m.

Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice-President of Design at Apple, has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year's Honours. The award recognises Jonathan's international achievement in the field of industrial design, having led the team responsible for the design of groundbreaking products such as the iMac, iBook, Powerbook and iPod at Apple.

Announcing the award today in San Francisco, Martin Uden, the British Consul-General in San Francisco, said, "I am delighted that out of the many Brits working in Silicon Valley, Jonathan has been honoured in this way. His creation of these icons of modern life places him head and shoulders above his contemporaries and shows the relevance to us all of excellence in design. Even in the tremendously rich and diverse field of design in the UK, whether artistic or industrial, Jonathan's contribution is a real stand-out. This is a rare honour to be given to Britons overseas and Jonathan can be truly proud to have been recognised in this way".

"It is a personal and professional honour to receive this award from Her Majesty," said Ive. "The CBE is a rewarding acknowledgement of my work as a designer. As a Briton, I couldn't be more thrilled."

Since 1996, London born Ive has been responsible for leading a design team widely regarded as one of the world's best. Recognised with numerous design awards, Apple products have become celebrated design icons featured in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including MOMA in New York and the Pompidou in Paris. Ive 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 in London and awarded the title Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts.

British Honours are awarded on merit for exceptional achievement or service to British interests. Announcements of these awards are made twice yearly, at the New Year and on the occasion of Her Majesty's Official Birthday in June.

The rank of Commander is the third most senior rank of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, an order created by King George V in 1917. It is awarded to individuals in recognition of their contribution and service to British interests in the UK and overseas.

Senior Vice President, Design, APPLE

British-born designer Jonathan Ive is the Senior Vice President of Design at Apple. Reporting to the CEO, he is responsible for the look and feel of all Apple hardware. Since March 1992, Ive has been instrumental in building and leading a design organisation that is considered one of the world's best. The team grabbed the world's attention in 1998 with the release of the first iMac. Selling over two million in the first year, the iMac's design was cited as "one of the century's lasting images" by BusinessWeek.

Ive and team have received numerous awards and accolades from the most prestigious design institutions, including D7AD, Red Dot, iF, IDSA, Royal Society of Arts and many others, and Ive's impact on design and popular culture is widely recognised. His work has been exhibited in Europe, North American and Asia, and is featured in permanent collections at museums including New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Pompidou in Paris.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts and an honorary doctorate from Newcastle Polytechnic.

For further information from the British Consulate, please contact:

Emma Stevenson
Vice Consul (Press, Political, Public Affairs)
British Consulate General, San Francisco
Tel: 415-617-1340
Email: emma.stevenson@fco.gov.uk

For further information relating to Jonathan Ives, please contact:

Steve Dowling
Press Team, Apple
Tel: 408-974-1896




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