Cupertino, Calif. – Apple today announced that Deirdre O'Brien is taking on new responsibilities for Apple retail and online stores as a senior vice president of Retail + People, reporting to CEO Tim Cook . After five years transformers leading the company's retail and online stores, Angela Ahrendts plans to leave Apple in April for new personal and professional activities.
In its expanded role, Deirdre will bring his three decades of Apple experience to lead the company's global retail reach, focused on the connection between the customer and the people and processes that serve them. She will continue to lead the People team, overseeing all People-related roles, including talent development and Apple University, recruitment, employee relations and experience, business partnership, benefits, compensation, inclusion and diversity.
"At Apple, we believe that our soul is our people, and Deirdre understands the qualities and strengths of our team better than anyone else," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "For more than three decades, it has helped keep Apple focused on serving customers and enriching lives. She is an exceptional leader and is a vital partner to the retail teams across the world from the start. I am very happy to work alongside Deirdre in her new role, and I know our 70,000 retail employees will be there as well. "
"People come to Apple to do the best job of their lives, and our retail teams 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 of a lifetime to work and learn from such a talented, diverse and imaginative team. I look forward to this journey and to continue the important work of the People team in supporting all of Apple's incredible employees. "
Apple today operates 35 online stores and 506 retail stores on five continents, with teams dedicated to enriching lives and serving their communities. All Apple stores offer innovative client programs, including Today at Apple, designed to unleash creativity, inspire learning, and encourage connection.
"I want to thank Angela for inspiring and energizing our teams over the last five years," Tim Cook said. "It has been a positive and transformative force for both Apple stores and the communities they serve. We all wish her the best when she starts a new chapter. "
"The last five years have been the most stimulating, challenging and rewarding of my career. Through the collective efforts of the teams, retailing has never been stronger or better positioned to make an even greater contribution to Apple, "said Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of retail. "I feel like there's no better time to get the stick to Deirdre, one of Apple's strongest executives. I look forward to seeing how this amazing team, under your leadership, will continue to change the world, one person and one community at a time. "