Former Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has joined Airbnb’s Board of Directors, a move that leaves some scratching their heads.
Senior Vice President of Retail, Angela Ahrendts, recently left Apple. Her three lessons learned provide valuable insights.
In Angela Ahrendts’ first interview since leaving Apple, the former SVP of Retail sat down with Jessi Hempel, host of LinkedIn’s Hello Monday podcast. She talked about when Tim Cook pursued her for the job, her first six months at Apple, the experience of switching industries, and her three takeaways from leaving Apple.
One: never forget where you came from. And what I mean by that is no different than what I did at Burberry. We looked back, because that’s your foundation, right? When I came to Apple, I’d go out in the field and they’d talk about, “Steve said our job was to enrich lives” And “Steve said this and wrote that.” I could have thrown all that out, but [I thought] no let’s codify that. Let’s protect that. So, my first lesson, what I’ve learned from them after I hit 140 stores (what that taught me) is never forget where you came from, and use that as your foundation.
In something of a shock move, Apple retail supremo Angela Ahrendts is leaving the company and will be replaced by Dierdre O’Brien.
Apple announced over 50 new Today at Apple sessions today, with three new formats: Skills, Walks, and Labs.
Ultimately, Ms. Ahrendts says stores should lessen their focus on numbers and invest in people.
Apple describes the new store as being in “Haussmann-era apartment building” and says that the inner courtyard will contain its “grandest” forum yet for hosting free Today at Apple events.