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Apple retail VP Jerry McDougal reportedly leaves company to spend more time with family [u]

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Apple's Vice President of Retail Jerry McDougal reportedly left the company last Friday, winnowing down the number of candidates who could replace recently ousted retail chief John Browett.

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Citing sources familiar with McDougal's resignation, IfoAppleStore reports that the VP wanted to spend more time with family and stresses his departure was not work related.

Tuesday's news is another page in Apple retail's tumultuous recent history, which began when former SVP and creator of the Apple Store Ron Johnson leaving the company in late 2011 to become CEO of JC Penney. As there was no replacement in line at the time, McDougal was considered to be a prime candidate for the job, but Apple chief executive Tim Cook selected former Dixon's CEO John Browett to head the division instead. Browett was subsequently forced out in October 2012 following a brief tenure marred by with controversy.

With Browett gone, Apple is continuing its search for a suitable replacement and speculation points to VP of Retail Real Estate and Development Bob Bridger or VP of Retail Steve Cano, both veteran employees at Apple.

McDougal started out at IBM and moved to PC Connection in 1999. He was recruited by Johnson in 2000, one year before the first Apple Store opened, to head retail marketing, product merchandising, store operations, loss prevention and customer loyalty programs.

Update: Apple spokesman Steve Dowling confirmed McDougal's resignation to All Things D, saying VP of Finance Jim Bean will be making the move to retail to support the division. ?Retail has an incredibly strong network of leaders at the store and regional level, and they will continue the excellent work they?ve done over the past decade to revolutionize retailing with unique, innovative services and a focus on the customer that is second to none. Jim Bean is moving to Retail to help support our store teams. Jim has been at Apple for 15 years and is a great leader who understands our culture and focus on customer service.?
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The rats are leaving the sinking ship¡

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Bring Ron Johnson back. He's not having much success at JC Penney's anyway.
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He might have been told he wasn't under consideration. Being left out twice in a row could be the last straw for him.

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On the surface this screams that he got passed over for the head retail gig once again. Just don't lie to me that this had nothing to do work-related and come to find out later that it was.
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Sinking ship? It is still one of the most profitable companies in the world. We've just gotten used to record after record after record. It has to level off sometime.

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Sinking ship? It is still one of the most profitable companies in the world. We've just gotten used to record after record after record. It has to level off sometime.


Sarcasm buddy... 

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Sorry, no way this is "just leaving to spend time with family" thing. Not now... Not at this particular juncture in Apple's history. Not buyin' it.
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The, aptly named, Jim Bean from Finance?

Why doesn't that give me any confidence?

Somebody needs to bring Apple Stores to the next level (not profit-wise, there is no problem there, experience-wise). While the Genius Bar is still fine for support, the shopping experience itself sucks in most stores. Noise-levels are approaching injury level. Advise can't be obtained. And the whole thing still looks like an IKEA-selfservice-exhibition.

Not that the competition is doing better (they can't, they are too busy copying it), but it's getting rather long in the tooth.
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Better Jim Bean than his associate, Jim Beam (that guy's a lush!)

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On the surface this screams that he got passed over for the head retail gig once again. Just don't lie to me that this had nothing to do work-related and come to find out later that it was.

Indeed, don't lie to Wide with Pride. Instead, Cook should organize one of 'em special events to explain in detail why McDougal wasn't good enough then and now. McDougal will then explain how he is really pissed. And then, Cook with end with, "One more thing, we leaked news to WSJ about reducing supply orders to drive the stock price below $500, which is the strike price of McDougal's options."

 

Honest enough for you, Wide?

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This can't be good news!

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The, aptly named, Jim Bean from Finance?

Why doesn't that give me any confidence?

Management felt they could count on him 1tongue.gif
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Could someone please fix your article formatting? For over a week I'm getting a bad looking font and an unclosed element tag in the second headline from the top and today that is bleeding over into the third story down [directly off of http://www.appleinsider.com] causing a fuzziness in the headline and abstract on the story. This is against Firefox 18 [In my case, Iceweasel 18], and checking the source shows the same error each time which lends to the notion a CMS issue.

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This news should be good for a $15 hit to the stock tomorrow.
 

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Sorry, no way this is "just leaving to spend time with family" thing. Not now... Not at this particular juncture in Apple's history. Not buyin' it.

Maybe, maybe not. The man has a right to some freaking privacy and doesn't owe anyone explanation. And if he chooses to exercise that right so be it. Doesn't give you or anyone else the right to call him out as a liar, direct or indirect
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Cancer?

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Indeed, don't lie to Wide with Pride. Instead, Cook should organize one of 'em special events to explain in detail why McDougal wasn't good enough then and now. McDougal will then explain how he is really pissed. And then, Cook with end with, "One more thing, we leaked news to WSJ about reducing supply orders to drive the stock price below $500, which is the strike price of McDougal's options."

Honest enough for you, Wide?

Just a simple comment. I didn't think it warranted your theatrics. Bored?
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He might have been told he wasn't under consideration. Being left out twice in a row could be the last straw for him.

 

That's the most likely reason. Spending more time with the family is just the conventional phrase for, "We're not giving any more details because neither side cares to discuss it."

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He might have been told he wasn't under consideration. Being left out twice in a row could be the last straw for him.

 

Maybe.   But if you've made enough money and you have enough stock and your options have already come due,  there comes a time when you say to yourself, "I don't need the aggravation anymore, even (or maybe especially) if I do get promoted."     That's one of the disadvantages of paying people too well.    They don't have to stay.

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Ahhh, the old "Spend more time with his family" line. Usually when someone uses a reason like that or becomes a "Special Advisor", "Head of Special Projects" or the like it means they were forced to resign.
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Ahhh, the old "Spend more time with his family" line. Usually when someone uses a reason like that or becomes a "Special Advisor", "Head of Special Projects" or the like it means they were forced to resign.

 

Ah yes, I hear that the next time Microsoft's board meets Steve Ballmer may decide to spend more time with his family too. Maybe he will get a chance to head up Bill Gates "potties for the third-world" program. 

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Sinking ship?

 

$4.2 billion in Q4 (ending in October, i.e. before the holiday bump). Sinking with money, I think.

 

I think it is a wee but past your bedtime, Governor Tarkin.

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Maybe.   But if you've made enough money and you have enough stock and your options have already come due,  there comes a time when you say to yourself, "I don't need the aggravation anymore, even (or maybe especially) if I do get promoted."     That's one of the disadvantages of paying people too well.    They don't have to stay.

No doubt I'm speculating. But there are a few good reasons for believing this is not just a family related situation:

 

- Timing (Browett gone for 2 months now and so McDougall knows where he stands)

- Many people who get to his position do so because they are driven. Some walk away. Many don't.

- Apple usually ignores rumors, particularly those that are inconsequential. The fact that they're going out of their way to say this is family-related means it isn't.

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Ah yes, I hear that the next time Microsoft's board meets Steve Ballmer may decide to spend more time with his family too. Maybe he will get a chance to head up Bill Gates "potties for the third-world" program. 

 

I'm surprised that hasn't happened already after his "appearance" at the Qualcomm CES keynote. Check out his entrance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEOoi4IWAek

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Sorry, no way this is "just leaving to spend time with family" thing. Not now... Not at this particular juncture in Apple's history. Not buyin' it.

 

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On the surface this screams that he got passed over for the head retail gig once again. Just don't lie to me that this had nothing to do work-related and come to find out later that it was.

 

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He might have been told he wasn't under consideration. Being left out twice in a row could be the last straw for him.

Or he might just have had enough and he doesn't want the top job? I'd retire too, if I had the money :D

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On the surface this screams that he got passed over for the head retail gig once again. Just don't lie to me that this had nothing to do work-related and come to find out later that it was.
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BLOWED UP.

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