Apple’s Dierdre O’Brien Named to Expanded Role as Senior Vice President of Retail + People

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.
Dow 30 component Apple (AAPL) revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to “leaving the world better than they found it.” Deirdre O’Brien will soon be taking on more responsibilities for Apple’s retail and online stores. O’Brien is moving into an expanded role as the senior vice president of Retail+People and will report to CEO Tim Cook. Angela Ahrendts, who currently holds the role, has made plans to leave Apple this April in order to chase new personal and professional pursuits. O’Brien brings nearly three decades of experience with Apple to this position. In this role, Dierdre will lead the company’s global retail and continue leading the People team.
At Apple, we believe our soul is our people, and Deirdre understands the qualities and strengths of our team better than anyone. For more than three decades, she has helped keep Apple focused on serving customers and enriching lives. She’s an exceptional leader and she’s been a vital partner to our retail teams around the world since the very beginning. I am thrilled to work alongside Deirdre in her new role, and I know our 70,000 retail employees will be, too.” – Tim Cook, Apple CEO
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