UPDATE: 3:30pm EDT: An Apple spokesperson contacted us with the following statement: “The search is underway with lots of interest and we are carefully selecting Ron’s successor. We have nothing to announce today.”
Reports on Monday suggested that Apple hasn’t found a replacement for [Ron] Johnson, its highly-regarded Senior Vice President of Retail. But we’ve been told by a source that Apple has already promoted an internal candidate to Johnson’s job,” Leander Kahney reports for Cult of Mac. “Apple’s new retail boss boss isn’t just some suit, though. He’s one of the first retail employees Apple ever hired, a California surfer dude who has climbed from the sales floor to the very top rung of Apple management,” Kahney reports. “It’s a real rags-to-riches story that should be inspiration to every stressed out Apple Store sales associate or overworked Genius: your work can be noticed, and you too can go to the very top.” “According to our source, Apple is replacing Johnson with his long-time lieutenant, Steve Cano,” Kahney reports. “It’s a great promotion for Cano, who started with Apple ten years ago as the manager of the flagship Palo Alto store, Steve Jobs’s local Apple Store.”
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