Apple’s Retail Genius Ron Johnson Leaves For JC Penney



Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail Operations, Ron Johnson, has officially left the Cupertino company to become CEO of JC Penney. His biography was removed from Apple’s website today and a successor is yet to be announced.

Johnson is seen as the pioneer of Apple’s retail store success, having created the Apple Store and the Genius Bar after joining the company in January 2000. Since then, Apple retail stores have seen record growth and there are now more than 300 worldwide.

Johnson announced his plans to leave Apple on November 1 back in June, but it seems the company is yet to have found a suitable replacement.

[via 9to5Mac]

  • FriarNurgle

    JC Penny has some pretty ghetto clothes. 

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    Why the heck would he want to go to J.C. Penney when Apple’s packing their stores with customers.  J.C. Penney in my local mall looks empty most of the time.  Maybe they’re offering him more money or some perks.  Maybe he sees a challenge.

  • nolavabo

    CEO is CEO. The new position is incomparably more rewarding to him in terms of both ego and remuneration.

  • Noemail

    This is not about Money for Ron. He does not need it. He is the most inspiring and brilliant leader I have ever meet. He will reinvent JC Penny. 

  • David N.

    Perhaps he wants the challenge and be the top dog for a while. It’s probably easier than founding a new company.


  • Jordan Clay

    I would say it is more along the lines of the challenge.  Plus, I know Apple is the biggest and sexiest company, but he is down the line, not by much, but still down.  Being on top and calling the shots, I would probably take the job too if  I was in his position.

  • speedmaster

    Does he have a popped collar in that pic?

  • harmo tend

    Keep in mind he was from Target before Apple.

    Also I hope the JCPenney employees are ready to be worked to death. There will be much cheering from the retail Apple folks. He was a Class A slavedriver.

  • Mike Jones

    Not everything is about money, power, and control.  At some point in life, you have enough money to satisfy your material desires.  Challenge and doing something “new” play a big role. 

  • Mike Jones

    Interesting that’s the same quality S. Jobs had.  You don’t seem to find fault in that.

  • Steven Zahl

    Good for JCPenney

  • Mister Hedge

    No, that’s a type of sweater. I’m not certain what they’re called, but the collar is loosely held against the neck depending on whether the “V” in the front is buttoned/zippered or not.

  • harmo tend

    Completely different payscale Mike. The corporate employees make significantly more money than retail. Most of the retail are kids or recent college grads who drank the punch and would work until they couldn’t stand.