Retail Exec Jerry McDougal Departs Apple

Now HiringA top retail executive has left Apple, though unlike John Browett, this one wasn't fired. ifoAppleStore reported that Jerry McDougal, Vice-President of Retail, left Apple last Friday after almost 12 years.

Mr. McDougal was recruited to Apple by newly minted retail chief Ron Johnson in 2000. According to ifoAppleStore, Mr. McDougal was Mr. Johnson's right hand man and was key in the early development of Apple's stunningly successful Apple Store retail chain.

He was also widely expected to succeed Ron Johnson when he left Apple in June of 2011 to take over as CEO of department store chain J.C. Penney. Apple CEO Tim Cook instead picked John Browett of European chain Dixons, though Mr. Browett was fired in October of 2012.

It would appear that Mr. McDougal either wasn't picked again or declined the position, considering the fact that he left Apple. ifoAppleStore's sources said that he left to more time with his family.

That is often corporate face-saving-speak for "fired," but in this case it may be true. Apple's executives work long hours, and then some, and he's been doing it for 12 years.