An Apple executive left the company after he was captured while making cruel comments about women. In the video, which was posted on September 5, TikTok and Instagram influencer Daniel Mac contacted Apple’s Tony Blevins as part of a series where he asks owners of fancy automobiles what they do for their livelihood.
While parking his Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a sports car that is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, Mac stopped the executive. The caption of the video stated that when asked what he did for a living, Blevins replied, “I have wealthy automobiles, play golf, and fondle big-breasted women, but I take weekends and major holidays off.” He said that his dental coverage is “a hell of a deal.”
Blevins’ team, which consisted of around six direct reports and several hundred workers, was demoted following an internal probe into the incident. He is one of about 30 executives who answer to CEO Tim Cook or COO Jeff Williams out of a group of vice presidents at Apple that numbers about 100 people.
Although he briefly reported to Sabih Khan, Apple’s senior vice president of operations, insiders claim that Williams has been Blevins’ supervisor for most of his career. One source claimed that Williams made the choice for the business and Blevins to split ways.
The video became a hot topic of conversation among Apple employees in recent weeks, with some expressing outrage over his remarks, especially in light of the fact that other executives, namely Cook and Williams, have openly backed workplace diversity and the empowerment of women. Employees at some of the company’s major suppliers have seen the video.
The loss of Blevins leaves a gap at Apple. Employees familiar with his work claim that he has played an important role in the company’s success over the past 20 years by assisting Apple in boosting its profit margins and gaining access to crucial technologies before competitors. Given his familiarity with Apple’s supply chain and his bargaining abilities, they said that he may be difficult to replace.