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

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
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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  • Reply 1 of 28


    The rats are leaving the sinking ship¡

  • Reply 2 of 28
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    Bring Ron Johnson back. He's not having much success at JC Penney's anyway.
  • Reply 3 of 28
    stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member


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

  • Reply 4 of 28
    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.
  • Reply 5 of 28


    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.

  • Reply 6 of 28
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,680member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rcomeau View Post


    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... 

  • Reply 7 of 28
    isaidsoisaidso Posts: 750member
    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.
  • Reply 8 of 28
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,071member
    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.
  • Reply 9 of 28
    desuserigndesuserign Posts: 1,316member


    Better Jim Bean than his associate, Jim Beam (that guy's a lush!)

  • Reply 10 of 28
    stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Wide with Pride View Post



    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?

  • Reply 11 of 28


    This can't be good news!

  • Reply 12 of 28
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,526member
    dreyfus2 wrote: »
    The, aptly named, Jim Bean from Finance?

    Why doesn't that give me any confidence?

    Management felt they could count on him :p
  • Reply 13 of 28


    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.

  • Reply 14 of 28


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

     

  • Reply 15 of 28
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,215member
    isaidso wrote: »
    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
  • Reply 16 of 28
    tylerk36tylerk36 Posts: 1,037member


    Cancer?

  • Reply 17 of 28
    stelligent wrote: »
    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?
  • Reply 18 of 28
    anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 6,581member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by stelligent View Post


    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."

  • Reply 19 of 28
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,473member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by stelligent View Post


    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.

  • Reply 20 of 28
    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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