Cloud computing giant Marc Benioff has praised hailed Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s new head of retail and online sales, as the “future Apple CEO.” Referring to her in a Tuesday tweet as “the most important hire Tim Cook has ever made”, Benioff’s toasting of Ahrendts has left analysts asking whether it is simply a show of support for Burberry’s outgoing CEO — or evidence that Benioff knows more than he is letting on, following disappointing fourth quarter numbers for Apple.
I just saw Future Apple CEO @AngelaAhrendts on her farewell @Burberry tour! The most important hire Tim Cook has ever made!
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) October 29, 2013
Ahrendts spoke at Benioff’s company’s annual conference last year, discussing how smartphones might alter the way people shop in retail stores. “You have to be totally connected with everyone who touches your brand,” she noted. In her more than seven years at Burberry, Ahrendts turned the fashion house into a luxury global brand with increasing presence in emerging markets.
Via: Business Insider