Jonathan Ive, the creative brain behind the clean, modern designs of many best-selling Apple devices has been made a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – shortened as KBE.
Ive, who hails from Chingford, London, has been awarded the title by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to design and enterprise in the New Years honours list.
“To be recognised with this honour is absolutely thrilling and I am both humbled and sincerely grateful,” Ive said in a statement.
“I discovered at an early age that all I’ve ever wanted to do is design. I feel enormously fortunate that I continue to be able to design and make products with a truly remarkable group of people here at Apple.”
The 44-year-old joined Apple’s ranks in the 1990s after being commissioned as a consultant by then Chief of Industrial Design, Robert Brunner. He has since spearheaded the creation of some of the Cupertino-based giant’s most popular products, including the iPhone and the iPad.
In 2006 he was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), a year before the launch of the original iPhone, which went onto become the most commercially and critically acclaimed smartphone range to date.