CUPERTINO – Apple announced today that Deirdre O & # 39; Brien takes on new responsibilities for Apple's retail and online stores in an expanded role as Senior Vice President of Retail + People, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. After five transformative years leading the company's retail stores and online stores, Angela Ahrendts plans to resign Apple in April for new personal and professional jobs.
In its expanded role, Deirdre will bring her three decades of Apple experience to lead the company's global retail coverage, focused on the relationship between the customer and the people and processes that serve them. She will continue to lead the People Team, overseeing all People-related features, including talent development and Apple University, recruitment, employee relationships and experience, business partnership, benefits, compensation, and inclusion and diversity.
"At Apple, we believe our soul is our people, and Deirdre understands our team's qualities and strengths better than anyone," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "For over three decades, she has helped keep Apple focused on serving customers and enriching lives. She is an exceptional leader and she has been an important partner for our retail groups around the world since the beginning. work with Deirdre in his new role, and I know our 70,000 retailers will also be. "
"People come to Apple to do the best work in their lives, and our retail groups show their passion every day in every interaction, worldwide," says Deirdre O & # 39; Brien, Senior Vice President of Retail + People . "It is an occasion opportunity to work with and learn from such a talented, diverse and imaginative team. I am looking forward to this journey and to continuing the important work of the People team to support all of Apple's amazing employees."
Today, Apple operates 35 online stores and 506 stores across five continents, staffed by teams dedicated to enriching lives and serving their communities. Every Apple Reseller location offers innovative customer applications, including Today at Apple, designed to unlock creativity, inspire learning, and encourage connectivity.
"I would like to thank Angela for inspiring and stimulating our teams over the past five years," said Tim Cook. "She has been a positive transforming force, both for Apple's stores and the communities they serve. We all want her the very best when she starts a new chapter."
"The past five years have been the most stimulating, challenging and satisfying in my career. Through the team's collective efforts, Retail has never been stronger or better positioned to make an even bigger contribution to Apple," said Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president president of Retail. "I feel there is no better time to send the relay to Deirdre, one of Apple's strongest leaders. I look forward to seeing how this amazing team under its leadership will continue to change the world one person and one community at a time. "