Apparently a Mr Jeff Williams has earned a new position at Apple. He is now the Senior Vice President of Operations and dedicated to making sure that Apple's products meet "the highest standards of quality". Apple Insider speculates that the reason he is being promoted to this position is because he is being groomed for an even better gig:
According to Apple, Williams also played a significant role in the company's entry into the mobile phone market with the launch of the iPhone, and he has led worldwide operations for iPod and iPhone since that time. In his new role, Williams will focus on assuring product quality and lead a team of people around the world responsible for end-to-end supply chain management.
It's believed Apple is grooming Williams to take on Cook's role as chief operation officer in the event that Cook takes over Steve Jobs' role as the company's chief executive. Cook has been profiled as the most likely successor to Jobs when Apple's iconic chief chooses to step down.
Whatever the case may be, congrats to Mr Williams on the promotion. [Apple Insider]