Apple Watch Chief Jeff Williams to speak at Code Conference

Recode announced that Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations, will speak at its Code Conference later this month:

We are excited to announce that Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations and the man who oversees the development of the Apple Watch, will join us as a speaker at our second Code Conference.

Some know that Williams, who reports to CEO Tim Cook, leads the team of people around the world who manage Apple’s complex supply chain and its global service and support organization.

But few know that two years ago Cook tapped him to also manage the development of the Apple Watch, the first new product category the tech giant has entered in five years. Williams is also the one driving the company’s health initiatives, including ResearchKit, Apple’s effort to bolster medical and health research.

Williams joined Apple in 1998 as head of worldwide procurement and in 2004 he was named vice president of operations. Since 2010, he has led worldwide operations for all products. Prior to joining Apple, he worked for IBM.

Walt Mossberg | Recode