Apple hires recruiter Egon Zehnder to find new retail chief

“Apple Inc. hired search firm Egon Zehnder International to lead the recruitment of a new retail chief, according to a person familiar with the matter,” Adam Satariano and Jeff Green report for Bloomberg.

“Ron Johnson, Apple’s senior vice president in charge of retail, is becoming chief executive officer of J.C. Penney Co. on Nov. 1,” Satariano and Green report. “He departs as the computer maker expands internationally. Of the 40 stores the company plans to open this fiscal year, 28 will be outside the U.S. Apple, with 327 total stores, made $3.5 billion from its retail operation in the third quarter, up 36 percent from a year earlier.”

Satariano and Green report, “Johnson, a former executive at Target Corp., is credited with building up Apple’s retail business. The first two stores were opened in 2001 in a bid to diminish Apple’s reliance on outside electronics retailers to sell its machines. The gambit worked: Apple’s sales per square foot of retail space were $4,355 in 2010, according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. That’s almost 30 times those of J.C. Penney, and two-thirds higher than luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co.”

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  1. Why bother hiring a high priced, fancy pants recruiter who’ll bilk you millions just to go through some smarty pants resumes? Just hire the guy who runs the fake Apple stores in China, Hu Flung Dung, Esq. There, done in a micro minute.

    1. Possibly, assuming that there were fundamental disagreements and that SJ’s viewpoint was the correct one. SJ is great, but he isn’t right *every* time!

      The primary factor in the ongoing success for the Apple Stores is providing products that people want to buy. You don’t see a clearance reject table at the Apple Store for a reason. There are many other contributing factors – store locations, open store design with many products available for hands-on testing, Genius Bar, employee training and commitment, etc. With that foundation, the Apple Stores will continue to be successful even in the absence of a retail chief.

      1. A “clearance reject table” would make a dramatic product filled MS Genius Bar for Microsoft Stores with such a large variety of industry items available.

        The cell carriers should set up a Clearance Returns Reject Table in Malls for Android, Rim and Microsoft Smart Phones to wow the public with tech bargains this fall.

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