Apple announced today the hiring of former Dixons CEO John Browett as the new Senior Vice President of Retail. Apple has been searching for a replacement to Rob Johnson since last November when he left Apple to become the CEO of J.C. Penney.
Here is a snippet from Apple’s press release:
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.
Dixons is a Great britain based company which is one of the biggest consumer electronics merchants in Europe with more than 40,000 employees curretly on their payroll.