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Former Apple Retail Head Ron Johnson Fired as CEO of JC Penney

CNBC is reporting that former Apple Retail head Ron Johnson is out as CEO of JC Penney, the job he took after resigning from Apple.
@CNBC: BREAKING: Ron Johnson out as J.C. Penney CEO - source
Johnson departed Apple in late 2011 and was replaced by John Browett, the CEO of British computing retailer Dixons. Browett's tenure was a bumpy one and he was fired after less than a year on the job.

Nearly six months after Browett left Apple, the position remains open, leading many to speculate that Johnson would be a natural fit to move back into the position he occupied for more than ten years.

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18 months ago
well, it looks like Ron squeezed... (puts on sunglasses) ...his last penny. YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
Rating: 61 Votes
18 months ago

He did amazing stuff with Apple, but I wouldn't take him back. What kind of management morale would there be with someone who left coming back?


Yeah look at all the fallout from that Jobs guy doing just that.
Rating: 60 Votes
18 months ago
Nobody saw this one coming...
Rating: 25 Votes
18 months ago

JC Penney sells clothing for the poor. Seriously go to Macy's to get quality clothing.


For the poor? Seriously? Wow.

The joke is that you actually consider Macy's to be as good as it gets, so I'm not going to argue with you.
Rating: 23 Votes
18 months ago
He did amazing stuff with Apple, but I wouldn't take him back. What kind of management morale would there be with someone who left coming back?
Rating: 20 Votes
18 months ago
Tim Cook's Secretary: Mr. Cook, a Mr. Ron Johnson on line one.

Tim Cook picks up phone...

Ron Johnson: Uh, Tim... :rolleyes:
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Rating: 14 Votes
18 months ago

been following closely since JCP is headquartered here in dallas and I know their employees.....No shock at all...he did a shoddy job from day 1 with terrible results along the way


To be fair though, he ran Penney's like it was Apple, that is to say it would probably have done very well if it catered to the same crowd as Neiman Marcus.
Rating: 12 Votes
18 months ago

This was a bad fit from the beginning. Trying to overlay Apple's philosophy on JCP retail was doomed before it got off the ground.

JCP is... well, JCP. Close your eyes in JCP and you could be in Target, Walmart, Sears, or Kohls.


Um... haha. What?

Methinks that a lot of people here don't know that Apple originally hired Ron because of the way he took Target skyward. And he did THAT mostly by changing their clothing offerings.

I, for one, am honestly kind of surprised he had so much trouble at Penny's given his history at Target.
Rating: 11 Votes
18 months ago

Yeah look at all the fallout from that Jobs guy doing just that.


I enjoyed this comment.
Rating: 10 Votes
18 months ago

Can't say I'm surprised here, nor should anyone be. JCP is a wreck right now, and frankly it's his doing.


Really? I don't follow JCP news, but my understanding was that it was a wreck when he took over. Perhaps things continued to spiral, but I didn't think he was the sole cause of the decline.
Rating: 9 Votes

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