Cupertino, California – Apple announced today that Deirdre O & # 39; Brien is taking on new responsibilities for Apple's 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 and online stores, Angela Ahrendts plans to travel Apple in April for new personal and professional pursuits.
In its expanded role, Deirdre will bring her three decades of Apple experience to lead the company's global retail business, focused on the relationship between the customer and the people and processes that serve them. She will continue to lead the People team, monitor all People related features, including talent development and Apple University, recruitment, employee relationships and experience, business partnerships, benefits, compensation and inclusion and diversity.
"At Apple, we believe our soul is our people, and Deirdre understands the qualities and strengths of our team 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 store teams around the world since its inception. I'm excited to work together with Deirdre in his new role, and I also know that our 70,000 retailers will 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, all over the world," said Deirdre O & # 39; Brien, senior vice president of Retail + People. "It's the opportunity to live with and learn from, such a talented, diverse, and imaginative team. I'm 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. Each Apple Reseller location offers innovative customer applications, including Today at Apple, designed to unlock creativity, inspire learning, and encourage connectivity.
"I want 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 best when she starts a new chapter."
"The past five years have been the most stimulating, challenging and fulfilling career. Through the team's collective efforts, Retail has never been stronger or better positioned to make an even bigger contribution to Apple," says Angela Ahrendts, Senior Director 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 her leadership, will continue to change the world a person and a community at a time. "