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Apple to Hire Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores

AAApple announced that it has hired Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. According to the press release, Ahrendts will have oversight of the strategic direction, expansion and operation of both Apple retail and online stores.
“I am thrilled that Angela will be joining our team,” said Cook. “She shares our values and our focus on innovation, and she places the same strong emphasis as we do on the customer experience. She has shown herself to be an extraordinary leader throughout her career and has a proven track record.”
Ahrendts will join Apple in the spring and will continue her role as Burberry CEO until then.
“I am profoundly honored to join Apple in this newly created position next year, and very much look forward to working with the global teams to further enrich the consumer experience on and offline,” said Ahrendts. “I have always admired the innovation and impact Apple products and services have on people’s lives and hope in some small way I can help contribute to the company’s continued success and leadership in changing the world.”
The head role of Apple's retail stores has had significant turnover in the past couple of years. Ron Johnson left Apple in 2011 after having been at Apple for eleven years and is widely credited for building up their retail initiative. Johnson was replaced by John Browett who lasted less than a year at Apple.

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13 months ago

Another bad choice...


dont you just love how users of a rumour forum on the internet know how to run one of the most valued companies in history.
Rating: 44 Votes
13 months ago

isn't this a downgrade for her? From CEO of burberry to a Vice President!


Pretty sure SVP at Apple is a step up for many CEOs.
Rating: 29 Votes
13 months ago
You're aware that Apple is sometimes the most valuable company in the world, the most recognizable brand in the world, and did I mention it's often the most valuable company in the world?

isn't this a downgrade for her? From CEO of burberry to a Vice President!

Rating: 26 Votes
13 months ago

isn't this a downgrade for her? From CEO of burberry to a Vice President!


As long as the paycheck is upgraded...:D
Rating: 23 Votes
13 months ago
Hired someone from Yves Saint Laurent
Hired someone from Burberrys
Hired someone from Nike

Seems like computers is truly not the only thing Cook has in mind.
Rating: 22 Votes
13 months ago
I still cant believe they hired John Browett. A guy that was in charge of an awful electronic store that couldn't be a more opposite type of retail space than Apple. I don't see how they thought that was going to work, no wonder he was off within 11 months.
Rating: 20 Votes
13 months ago
A female SVP!
Rating: 16 Votes
13 months ago
"Do you want to sell [RANDOM PRODUCT] for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?"
Rating: 15 Votes
13 months ago

dont you just love how users of a rumour forum on the internet know how to run one of the most valued companies in history.


They knew that John Browett was a bad choice.
Rating: 15 Votes
13 months ago

I am sorry but why would Apple announce this at 2.30 AM EST / 11.30 PM PST?


Because Burberry is a British company and they made the announcement their CEO was leaving with the release of their latest financial results before the UK stock exchange opened at 8:00 AM (GMT/BST).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24530768
Rating: 13 Votes

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