Bob Mansfield, Apple Senior Vice President Technologies, is no longer part of the Apple Executive Team, Cupertino has confirmed.

MacRumours first noticed that the biography of the SVP was removed from Apple website (visible on Google cache) indicating that Mansfield is no longer part of the Executive team. The removal wasn’t accompanied by any explanation at the time.

Hours after the report, Apple confirmed the news in a statement to AllThingsD. Steve Dowling, Apple spokesperson, said “Bob is no longer going to be on Apple’s executive team, but will remain at Apple working on special projects reporting to [CEO] Tim [Cook].”

The latest development follows a rather dramatic sequence of events which started back in June, 2012. At the time Mansfield, who joined the company in 1999, announced his retirement only to return as SVP Technologies. Tim Cook persuaded Mansfield to stay on the exec team for an additional two years with a rather hefty package of $2 million a month plus stock. Mansfield was slated to stay on the Exec team up until 2014, which makes his abrupt removal a lot more curious.