While Apple’s board and its CEO, Tim Cook scour the world looking for a retail chief to replace the sacked John Browett, the man who may have been the strongest internal candidate has left the company.
According to All Things Digital, vice president of retail, Jerry McDougal resigned earlier this month and will be replaced by vice president of finance, Jim Bean.
‘Retail has an incredibly strong network of leaders at the store and regional level, and they will continue the excellent work they’ve done over the past decade to revolutionise retailing with unique, innovative services and a focus on the customer that is second to none,’ Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told All Things Digital. ‘Jim Bean is moving to Retail to help support our store teams. Jim has been at Apple for 15 years and is a great leader who understands our culture and focus on customer service.’
McDougal, who helped Ron Johnson launch Apple’s retail stores a decade ago was over-looked for the senior VP role when Johnson left last year. And, while Apple hasn’t yet announced a replacement for Browett, it may be that McDougal was less than happy about being over-looked a second time.
IFOAppleStore, which broke the story yesterday, offered only that ‘His departure was explained as not work-related, but rather so he could spend more time with his family.’