Angela Ahrendts was the ‘Renaissance that never quite was’

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Apple's ex-retail chief Angela Ahrendts with Will.i.am at the Apple Watch unveiling in 2014.
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It’s not 100 percent clear whether former retail boss Angela Ahrendts left Apple voluntarily or was pushed out. However, a new report suggests that she didn’t quite live up to the hype.

“Angela Ahrendts was supposed to be the Renaissance that never quite was,” a former Apple store manager says. “We were getting conflicting direction on a semi-regular basis and a lot of new initiatives on what seemed like a weekly basis. Nothing seemed to quite stick.”

It gives a slightly chaotic sense of the time spent at Apple by Ahrendts — who was among the company’s top earning employees.

Angela Ahrendts reveals surprising post-Apple plans

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Don't expect Angela Ahrendts to work for another tech company.
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Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts is wasting no time making plans for what to do once she leaves Apple.

News that the former Burberry CEO plans to leave her post at Apple just surfaced this week. Ahrendts is set to hang around Apple Park until April, but once her time to leave is here, you won’t catch her hanging out around Silicon Valley.

Quit or canned? Why is Angela Ahrendts leaving Apple? [Opinion]

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Did Angela Ahrendts jump or was she pushed?
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When Apple fires an executive, the company is rarely straightforward about the situation. Apple never puts out a press release stating plainly that the executive was canned. So Tuesday’s unexpected announcement that Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s head of retail, is leaving in April led many to suspect she was fired.

That’s because the announcement came as a surprise and seems rushed. She’s certainly not retiring or quitting to join another company. The press release phrase “new personal and professional pursuits” sounds like code for “canned.”

What you need to know about Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s new head of retail

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Deirdre O’Brien, a 30-year Apple veteran, will lead Apple’s Retail and People teams.
30-year Apple veteran Deirdre O’Brien will handle the company's retail push.
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Apple tapped Deirdre O’Brien to be its new retail boss today in light of the news that Angela Ahrendts plans to leave the company.

While O’Brien may not be a household name to most Apple fans, she’s been with the company for more than three decades. From the days of Steve Jobs saving Apple from bankruptcy to watching Tim Cook leading the company to a first-ever $1 trillion valuation, O’Brien has seen huge changes during her tenure with the iPhone-maker. Now she’s set to be one of the most powerful people in Silicon Valley.

Here are six things you didn’t know about the new Apple retail boss.

Apple names new retail boss as Angela Ahrendts exits company

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Angela Ahrendts at the iPhone X keynote.
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Longtime Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts is leaving the company after reshaping Apple’s online and retail strategies over the last five year.

Apple revealed today that it has named Deirdre O’Brien as the new senior vice president of Retail + People. Ahrendts, who was once looked at as a possible successor to Apple CEO Tim Cook, is leaving the company for new personal professional pursuits.

Apple’s big glass cube set to light up Fifth Avenue soon

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Angela Ahrendts giving a sneak peek of the new Fifth Ave store.
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The most iconic Apple store in the world is finally getting ready to reopen its doors.

Apple’s glass cube store on Fifth Avenue in New York City has been temporarily closed for over two years, but according to the property company Apple leases the land from, construction on the store’s expansion is nearly done.

Angela Ahrendts: How Apple Stores have defied the retail odds

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Angela Ahrendts has a definite vision for Apple Stores.
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The retail sector is in trouble — with almost 10,000 stores in the U.S. having closed their doors in the U.S. since 2017. Apple’s solution? Make shopping into an experience for customers, rather than just a place to spend money.

That’s the theory laid out by Apple’s retail VP Angela Ahrendts in a new interview for Vogue Business. In it, Ahrendts lays out her Apple Store philosophies as pertain to both customers and employees. It certainly seems to be working!

Look inside Apple’s first store in Thailand

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The outside of the new Bangkok store.
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One of the most popular countries in South East Asia for American tourists is finally getting its first Apple store.

Apple is set to open the doors of its Bangkok store in Thailand on Saturday, offering Apple’s first-ever official sales channel in the country for the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR and the Apple Watch Series 4. Ahead of the launch, Apple shared a few shots of the interior and it looks both simple and grand.

How retail boss Angela Ahrendts took a risk joining Apple

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Angela Ahrendts at last year's iPhone X keynote.
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Apple’s leaders have a history of recruiting the folks they want by convincing them to think different with their career choices. Steve Jobs recruited former Apple CEO John Sculley by asking if he wanted to sell sugar water (a.k.a Pepsi) his whole life or come and change the world. Jobs later convinced Tim Cook to join Apple through his unorthodox approach to business.

Now, at Cannes Lions’ International Festival of Creativity in France, Apple’s retail boss Angela Ahrendts reveals how Cook convinced her to join Apple in 2013 — even though this meant turning her back on her previous job at Burberry.

Apple’s first Austrian retail store looks absolutely gorgeous

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Apple's new store in Vienna sits on a popular pedestrian shopping street near the Vienna State Opera.
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Apple just gave us a sneak preview of its first store in Austria, and it’s pretty stunning! Apple Kärntner Straße, which will open this Saturday in Vienna, is designed with “the original heritage building in mind,” Apple says.

The totally Apple-y redesign of the building, which sits on a famous shopping street between St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera, combines exposed columns outside with large window openings.