John Paczkowski on Apple’s Vacant SVP of Retail Position

Good piece by John Paczkowski:

So who might Apple look to to fill the shoes of Ron Johnson, the chief architect of its retail strategy, who left the company last year to take the CEO job at retailer J.C. Penney? That’s a conundrum difficult enough to perplex the most skilled of recruiters; recall that it took Apple about seven months to sign Browett, and that was with the help of executive search firm Egon Zehnder International.

An easier task is to determine where Apple might look for candidates with the sort of experience needed to drive its retail ops.

The big question: do they go outside again (as they did with Browett), or promote someone from within their existing retail ranks?

Monday, 7 January 2013