Apple Retail Chief Ron Johnson Confirms Departure

After an impactful 11-year tenure as Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Apple, Ron Johnson has departed from the company. Announced back in June, Johnson’s exit was scheduled for November 1st, as he prepares to take on his new role as CEO of J.C. Penney.

Johnson, who joined Apple in 2000, played a pivotal role in establishing Apple’s unique retail strategy, including the introduction of the Genius Bar, a concept initially met with skepticism by Steve Jobs.

As of now, Apple has not announced a successor for Johnson. In an effort to fill the vacancy, Apple engaged the services of Egon Zehnder International in August, following a directive from Steve Jobs to find a suitable international candidate for the role.

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