“The last executive from the Ron Johnson and Steve Jobs era of Apple Retail is leaving the company, according to several sources,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“Bob Bridger, Apple’s Vice President of Retail Real Estate, told colleagues at a meeting last Thursday that he will soon be retiring from Apple without specifying additional reasons for his departure,” Gurman reports. “As head of Apple’s retail real estate efforts, Bridger has been in charge of locating new Apple Store locations, striking lease deals, and with his construction background, building up new stores.”

“Bridger’s retirement is significant as, for over a decade, he spearheaded the creation of over 400 Apple Retail Stores across the globe that have helped make the iPod, iPhone, and iPad nearly ubiquitous devices,” Gurman reports. “During the Ron Johnson and John Browett reigns of Apple Retail, Apple’s retail operations were primarily run by a trio of vice presidents: Bridger, Jerry McDougal, and Steve Cano. In early 2013, McDougal, who ran overall retail operations, left the company to work at Johnson’s new gadget delivery startup. Upon the hiring of Angela Ahrendts, Cano was moved to international sales.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]