John Browett Joins Apple as Head of Retail Operations

Apple announced today that John Browett has joined the company as its new Senior Vice President of Retail Operations. Browett, who was previously the chief executive of the European technology retailer Dixon, will work on retail strategies and continue to expand the number of Apple retail stores operated worldwide. Browett replaces Ron Johnson, who left his post at Apple in November to become the chief executive at the U.S. retail chain J.C. Penney. Browett doesn’t officially start until April, but did Apple make the right choice? Full press release is ahead…

 CUPERTINO, California—January 30, 2012—Apple® today announced that John Browett will join the company as senior vice president of Retail, reporting to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Browett comes to Apple from European technology retailer Dixons Retail, where he has been CEO since 2007. Beginning in April, he will be responsible for Apple’s retail strategy and the continued expansion of Apple retail stores around the world.

“Our retail stores are all about customer service, and John shares that commitment like no one else we’ve met,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are thrilled to have him join our team and bring his incredible retail experience to Apple.”

Prior to joining Dixons Retail, Browett held a series of executive positions at Tesco plc including CEO of Tesco.com. Earlier in his career he advised retail and consumer goods clients at Boston Consulting Group. He holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from Wharton Business School.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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