Apple hires John Browett as its new Senior VP of Retail

Tue, Jan 31, 2012


After months of searching, Apple today announced that Dixons Retail CEO John Browett will succeed the recently departed Ron Johnson as the company’s Senior Vice President of Retail.

Apple today announced that John Browett will join the company as senior vice president of Retail, reporting to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Browett comes to Apple from European technology retailer Dixons Retail, where he has been CEO since 2007. Beginning in April, he will be responsible for Apple’s retail strategy and the continued expansion of Apple retail stores around the world.

“Our retail stores are all about customer service, and John shares that commitment like no one else we’ve met,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. “We are thrilled to have him join our team and bring his incredible retail experience to Apple.”

Apple’s search for a replacement for Johnson began last Summer and the company was reportedly looking for someone with international retail experience as the company begins to look more intently at expanding its retail presence abroad. They even tapped the esteemed search firm of Egon Zehnder International, reportedly at the behest of Steve Jobs, to help them along in their search.

Before assuming the CEO position at Dixons Retail, Browett worked in a variety of executive positions at Tesco plc, one of which included the CEO of Apple’s press release notes that Browett received a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University before going on to receive an MBA from Penn’s Wharton Business School



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