Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts to depart in April

Apple’s latest retail head, Angela Ahrendts, is departing after just five years, the company revealed on Tuesday.

“At Apple, we believe our soul is our people, and Deirdre understands the qualities and strengths of our team better than anyone,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a prepared statement. Talking about Ahrendts, the CEO thanked her for being a “positive, transformative force” for both Apple stores and their surrounding communities.

“The last five years have been the most stimulating, challenging and fulfilling of my career,” Ahrendts herself stated. “Through the teams’ collective efforts, Retail has never been stronger or better positioned to make an even greater contribution for Apple.”

Taking her place will be Deirdre O’Brien, a 30-year veteran of the corporation and presently its VP of People, Apple said. In fact O’Brien will retain those responsibilities, taking on a new mantle as senior VP of “Retail + People.”

Source: Apple Insider