Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts is leaving in April, the corporate introduced right now, and might be changed by Deirdre O’Brien — at present Vice President of Individuals — in a mixed function as Senior Vice President of Retail and Individuals. Like Ahrendts, O’Brien will report on to Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner.
Ahrendts joined Apple 5 years in the past from British vogue home Burberry, the place she had been lauded for her work as CEO in merging the corporate’s bodily and on-line retail shops. Her tenure as Senior Vice President of Retail was marked by dramatic new openings and expansions of Apple’s brick and mortar shops around the globe, in addition to overhauls of their designs and inside workings — all throughout a time when gross sales elsewhere have been shifting from bodily to digital shops.
O’Brien has been with Apple for 30 years, most lately specializing in the corporate’s HR aspect. She was named VP of Individuals in July 2017, shifting from a previous function as VP of Worldwide Gross sales and Operations, the place Prepare dinner beforehand praised her as “the glue that bonds our operations, gross sales, advertising and finance groups to ship merchandise to our prospects.” It’s unclear how she is going to concurrently lead the corporate’s HR and retail initiatives, which have grown to incorporate 506 bodily shops and 35 on-line shops by Apple’s newest rely.
“It’s the alternative of a lifetime to work with, and study from, such a gifted, numerous and imaginative group,” O’Brien mentioned. “I’m wanting ahead to this journey, and to persevering with the necessary work of the Individuals group in supporting all of Apple’s wonderful staff.”
Not like her predecessor John Browett, who was famously employed by Apple from UK retail chain Dixons solely to be abruptly dismissed months later as a poor cultural match for the corporate, Ahrendts seems to be making an amicable departure from the corporate. She and Prepare dinner each issued statements lauding the change.
“The final 5 years have been probably the most stimulating, difficult and fulfilling of my profession,” mentioned Ahrendts. “I really feel there isn’t any higher time to go the baton to Deirdre, one in every of Apple’s strongest executives. I stay up for watching how this wonderful group, below her management, will proceed to vary the world one individual and one neighborhood at a time.”
“I need to thank Angela for uplifting and energizing our groups over the previous 5 years,” Prepare dinner mentioned. “She has been a constructive, transformative power, each for Apple’s shops and the communities they serve. All of us want her the easiest as she begins a brand new chapter.”
Ahrendts has been one in every of Apple’s most seen executives over the previous 5 years, in addition to one in every of its greatest compensated. She reportedly outearned all different Apple executives for not less than a number of years throughout her time on the firm, even together with Prepare dinner.