Apple's Angela Ahrendts to Join Ralph Lauren Board of Directors This August

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The Ralph Lauren Corporation today announced that it intends to add Angela Ahrendts to the company's Board of Directors this August. Along with Ahrendts, Qurate Retail CEO Michael George will be added to the board, bringing the number of directors to 13.

Ahrendts joined Apple as the Senior Vice President of Retail in May 2014, where she now spearheads the company's retail strategy, contributes to real estate and development areas, and oversees the operation of Apple's physical stores around the world. Prior to joining Apple, she was CEO of Burberry, Executive Vice President at Liz Claiborne, and President of Donna Karan International.


In joining Ralph Lauren's board, Lauren himself said one of the reasons the company chose Ahrendts was due to her "deep expertise in luxury retail."

“I am delighted to welcome Angela and Mike to the Board of Directors,” said Mr. Ralph Lauren, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer. “Angela is an industry leader and innovator with deep expertise in luxury retail and an outstanding track record of growing global brands. Mike brings invaluable experience as a senior leader and board member, helping companies drive consumer engagement and growth. Their counsel will be incredibly valuable as we continue to build the future for our iconic brand.”

Ms. Ahrendts said, “I have admired Ralph and been inspired by his pure global lifestyle vision for many years. It is an honor to join this Board as he and Patrice continue to evolve and expand his incredible aesthetic.”

Last September, Ahrendts climbed to the 13th spot on Fortune's "Most Powerful Women" list for 2017, rising from 14th in 2016 and 16th in 2015. During her time with Apple, she has launched the company's new "Today at Apple" retail initiative, offering a range of classes on coding, art, music, design, and photography at Apple stores around the world. Ultimately, Ahrendt's goal with the new program is to change the perception of Apple stores as "forums" or "town squares," and not places where you go to just shop.

While George has been appointed to the board effective today, May 9, Ahrendts will be nominated for election at the company's annual stockholders meeting in August. Ahrendts will retain her duties at Apple following her appointment to Ralph Lauren's board.

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30 months ago
She's ruined Apple Stores. It's a soul destroying experience going into them these days.
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30 months ago

She's ruined Apple Stores. It's a soul destroying experience going into them these days.

Why exactly? People seem to enjoy them a great deal and they are as busy as ever if not more.
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30 months ago

She's ruined Apple Stores. It's a soul destroying experience going into them these days.

Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.
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30 months ago

She's ruined Apple Stores. It's a soul destroying experience going into them these days.

Soul destroying? Seems like a bit of a hyperbole? I've been to a few and have always been instantly greeted. Staff have been friendly.

Compare this other technology stores, like AT&T, where all the staff are looking down and texting when you walk in :D
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30 months ago
I remember my first experience at the Palo Alto store when I bought the first iPod. Then, to me, it was truly a 'magical' experience.
The last time I was in a store. it was last October when I picked up my MBP. I was passed through 3 persons to get to the end results. I was not impressed with what I felt was a very impersonal experience. Then I received an email asking how I felt my interaction with 'John' was. How in the heck was I to know when no one wears a name badge anymore and they don't identify themselves when you speak with them.
To me, warm & fuzzy has become cold & clinical, IMHO.
Of course at this point, Apple has nothing new to offer me, so I guess I don't need to go back anyway.
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30 months ago
Briefly met her my last year in Apple Retail. She’s a typical retail executive, polite and humble in person to the rank and file Leads and store managers- probably a total ball-buster to her direct reports.
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