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Browett began working at Apple on April 20, and was awarded substantial stock grants of 100,000 restricted shares, valued at over $60,000.000. Those shares were scheduled to vest over time, however.

 

That should be $60M, i.e. $60,000,000.

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post #42 of 48
Originally Posted by Ireland View Post
That should be $60M, i.e. $60,000,000.

 

I don't get why some people would put $60MM. I always read that as "million million". What other number starts with M; you can just put one of them… 

 

Thanks for the correction, too.

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I don't get why some people would put $60MM. I always read that as "million million". What other number starts with M; you can just put one of them… 

 

Thanks for the correction, too.

You could also read it as a "thousand thousand" if each M stands for the Roman numeral of 1,000 and the two letters together constituted a multiplicand and multiplier (1,000 X 1,000 = 1,000,000). Financial abbreviations often use MM to signify million in currency abbreviations, but that's clearly not universal.

 

The problem with the letter M in numerical contexts is that it is used as an abbreviation for a number of measurements and differently across different countries. The commonly accepted abbreviation for millimeter is "mm" (lower case). A somewhat obscure version is "Mm", which can stand for "megameter", or 1,000 kilometers.

 

In other words, there is no universal agreement over the use of M in abbreviations. About all you can say when you see it used in a way that you don't like is, "Mmmmmmmmm ..."

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Originally Posted by Kibitzer View Post
You could also read it as a "thousand thousand" if each M stands for the Roman numeral of 1,000 and the two letters together constituted a multiplicand and multiplier (1,000 X 1,000 = 1,000,000).

 

Hmm. That might be it. But that's still wrong. Either that or every movie is copywritten about a million years in the future. lol.gif

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"Last year, Apple worked with recruiting agency Egon Zehnder International to find a replacement for Johnson, a decision made by Steve Jobs, who was said to be "extensively involved" in the process"
Not Tim Cook's hire, nor was Forstall. The report clearly points the finger at Steve Jobs influence on this one. Tim Cook is doing a great job getting rid of Browett.
What you're seeing is a classic case of new CEO in a large company:
Phase One - bribe all the important people to stay and get them on side to be loyal to you above all;
Phase Two - get rid of all those who may be a threat/face doesn't fit/argue with you;
Phase Three - blame any mistakes on your predecessor;
Phase Four - reorganise;
Phase Five - retire early and live off your employee millions.
Unless you formed the company and it's "your baby" you can't get more emotionally involved with it than the above...

 

Sorry, there's absolutely no indication that Cook is blaming anything on Jobs.   And people at Apple seem to stick around in spite of the fact that they already have more money than they will need for the rest of their lives.    

 

However, the fact that they are so generous with their senior executives (according to AI, Browett had $60 million in stock options, although most didn't vest yet) is part of the problem.   Although they probably feel they need it to attract the best people, once you get it, you must feel that you are infallible.  Once that happens, the ego takes over and arrogance sets in.  And arrogance has always been a big problem at Apple.  

 

People have been highly critical of Browett (rightly or wrongly) since he was hired.  He just never seemed to fit in.

 

One thing I will say in Browett's favor is that the Apple stores that I've been to have been overstaffed.    When you walk into the Grand Central Terminal store, so many staffers walk up to you and ask if you need help, it's downright annoying.    You see tons of staffers simply standing around.     I don't know if it's like that everywhere, but if it is, they'd be better off with fewer staffers, but paying them better in order to get floor people who actually know something.   

 

Also (and I don't know if this Browett's doing or if it was already committed to), the way the Spring Street (NYC) store was expanded was an absurd waste of money.   Apple bought a few feet of additional space adjacent to the rear of the store and closed the store for months (opening a temporary store nearby in its place).  They stripped the store down to its core and essentially rebuilt the store.  All they really needed to do was close off the back wall, do the renovation work behind the wall, which could have been done with the store open, then take down the wall and clean the edges, perhaps closing for a few days.   While they replaced the ceiling and other fixtures, the new store is just a very slightly larger version of the old store and I bet they spent $15 million to get there, not including the cost of opening and closing the temporary store.    Big waste of money IMO, since it did almost nothing to improve the customer experience, other than maybe enabling them add a few more parsons tables.    (I will give them credit for keeping the open presentation theatre, which I really thought they were going to eliminate in favor of "one-on-one" training.)

post #46 of 48
John Browett rode in on his high horse determined to quickly carve out his place in the Apple executive group. He was determined to raise profit margins for Retail, not by selling more product, or increasing efficiencies in the Retail Channel distribution system, but by cutting back sorely needed Apple retail staff and telling them to "deal with it". When I first heard of his pot stirring in May, I knew he would be gone soon. I was right!!! Yes, there is a Santa Claus!! 1wink.gif
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And the reason its wrong is because the Romans used addition and subtraction with their date system. They didn't have to use SI units to manage their world, they had legions!

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Yes. Same here.

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