“John Browett, the Dixons exec tapped to oversee Apple’s retail operations last January, was Tim Cook’s first big hire after taking up the CEO reins at the company,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD. “Nine months later, he would be among Cook’s first big fires, ousted from Apple after a series of missteps that drew some rare negative publicity to the company’s wildly successful retail empire.”

“Now Apple is once again on the hunt for an executive to oversee its retail stores, a keystone of the company’s success,” Paczkowski reports. “And it can ill afford to make another such hiring mistake.”

Paczkowski reports, “We’ve been asking around for weeks about possible external candidates for Apple’s senior VP of retail job, and have heard largely the same thing, and a few names to boot. They are, in no particular order: Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts; Victor Luis, president, International Group, Coach; Jeanne Jackson, president, Direct to Consumer, Nike; John Culver, president, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific; [and] Paul Gainer, executive vice president, Global Disney Store… And there are at least three candidates: Steve Cano, Apple’s manager of retail stores; Bob Bridger, Apple VP for retail real estate and development; and Jerry McDougal, VP of retail.”

Much more about the possible candidates mentioned in the full article here.

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