The friendly and familiar face of Apple’s Bob Mansfield had disappeared temporarily from the gallery of executive portraits in the Apple web site’s PR pages, but he’s back again, now listed as a senior vice president.

Update: Mansfield’s photo had not been removed; just his title.

Mansfield was the senior vice president of hardware engineering for many years at Apple, responsible for the technical design of such classic computers as the iMac and the MacBook Air. He announced his retirement from the company in June of this year, and many were surprised earlier this week when it was announced that Mansfield was going to stay on with the company working on “future projects.”

While Mansfield’s beauty shot in the executive photo gallery doesn’t specify what his new position is, he’s listed as a senior vice president. Dan Riccio has been named to replace Mansfield in the hardware engineering SVP spot.

Bob Mansfield once again listed as SVP on Apple’s site (Updated) originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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