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Old Jan 15, 2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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Jerry McDougal, Apple VP of Retail, Departs Apple [Updated]




Apple vice president of retail Jerry McDougal, a key player in Apple's retail development over the past 12 years, has departed the company to spend more time with his family, reports IFOAppleStore.

McDougal was Ron Johnson's right hand man when he was still with the company and was considered a possible replacement for Johnson when he moved on to head JC Penney.
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A key player in the birth of Apple's retail chain and a potential candidate to lead the retail stores has left the company. Jerry McDougal, Vice-President of Retail, said goodbye to his colleagues last Friday, sources say. His departure was explained as not work-related, but rather so he could spend more time with his family. Apple notoriously requires an enormous commitment of time from its employees, especially at the headquarters level. That commitment increased even more for retail executives after last year's departure of Ron Johnson.
McDougal was also considered as a possible replacement for John Browett after he was fired earlier this year.

IFOAppleStore notes that McDougal was responsible for Apple's retail marketing, product merchandising, store operations, loss prevention and customer loyalty programs.

Update: McDougal has been replaced by Jim Bean, Apple's VP of Finance, according to a report by AllThingsD. He will retain his VP title:
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"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," Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said. "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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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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Reading between the lines. Another undervalued worker leaves.

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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:06 PM   #3
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Earlier this year? You realize it's 2013
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:25 PM   #4
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Maybe he was forced to be the person in charge and had no option. So he left

Maybe he heard that apple didn't want him to take the lead so he left

Maybe he's worn out so he left
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 07:43 PM   #5
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Maybe he was forced to be the person in charge and had no option. So he left

Maybe he heard that apple didn't want him to take the lead so he left

Maybe he's worn out so he left
Maybe his wife threatened to leave and take the kids if he didn't spend more time at home spending all the money he made.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 06:32 AM   #6
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Maybe his wife threatened to leave and take the kids if he didn't spend more time at home spending all the money he made.
Maybe he found a new wife and kid
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:32 PM   #7
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Customer loyalty program?

The retail EXPERIENCE has stagnated.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:55 PM   #8
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This is going to be a telling year.

If Apple doesn't innovate this year then I'm afraid the future will not be so bright.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:34 PM   #9
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His departure was explained as not work-related, but rather so he could spend more time with his family.
Some other folks who resigned to "spend more time with family":

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...iWpP_blog.html

Just sayin'...
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 07:46 PM   #10
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Some other folks who resigned to "spend more time with family":

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...iWpP_blog.html

Just sayin'...
Well at least it didn't say "resign to pursue other career opportunties" which we all know all too well is corporate speak for resign or be fired! God, if I had a nickel for every memo/Email like that I've read the past 34 years, I'd be rich!

I wish him only the best with his time with his family.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 06:30 PM   #11
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Interesting......

An outside hire? An outside coming back inside?

Taking too long whom ever. Maybe people are not as eager to "jump on the train" as once was?

Going to be a watershed appointment for Tim. Pressure cooker baby.

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Jim Bean, a VP of Finance at Apple, will be moving to the retail division.

Thoughts?
Possible. Xerox CFO Luca Maestri was just hired by Apple. IMO, Peter Oppenheimer is getting ready to spend more time with his family.

So, the CFO could be the new hire? Not such a big deal.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 08:29 PM   #12
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Tim Cook replaced him with Jim Bean. Guess he took his departure badly and started hitting the booze.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 08:32 PM   #13
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 08:47 PM   #14
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It's very upsetting to see so many people coming on this website to trash Apple. I just want to set a few things straight.
1. People saying that Apple is on a downwards path and is losing its edge. FALSE. Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs, but he is definitely not anywhere near as bad as you all make him seem. In fact, there are many people who say Tim Cook is taking Apple to places where Steve didn't. Steve himself had been training Cook for many many years. Also Apple is selling products like no other company even if people think they are only getting incremental updates. Remember, Apple didn't release a revolutionary product every year when Steve was alive. They kept adding more updates and specs to the existing product to perfect it. An example of this is the iPod. Every generation added just 1 or 2 new features. The iPhone 3G to 3GS - only new significant update was a video recorder and faster speeds
2. People must understand that the Apple stock is completely different from Apple the company. The stock at the moment is very volatile and not doing well, but that's temporary. If you look at previous years of Apples stock, it's happened before. We have come to think that because its APPLE nothing can go wrong. That's false, it's normal for things to go wrong and that's the beauty of it. It shows the company is not a perfect robot but a company run by humans. As a company, Apples fundamentals are as strong as ever. Steve instilled them into EVERY worker, and those who couldn't maintain these fundamentals were removed like we've seen happen. Change is good. In all honesty, Scott Forstall was probably the only "important" person fired from Apple. But as stated in many articles, he was not a collaborator. He was more of a dictator and wouldn't be open to others opinions. Many other workers at Apple felt the same. In fact, people in Silicon Valley cheered at the news of his departure. Heck, Jony Ive was put in charge of iOS... JONY IVE! The man in charge of the beautiful design of the Apple products we use on a daily basis, and the man responsible alongside Steve with the success of Apple.
Overall nothing at Apple has changed besides a few management shakeups. It's as strong as ever and Apple under Cook will go places Steve didn't manage to. And for you worried about the future of Apple, Steve left a roadmap of products for years to come. Don't believe me? In Walter Isaacsons interview with Jony Ive inside the design lab, Jony told him that in that lab there was technology for the next 3 years. Meaning that in the lab they were already working on future products.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 11:17 PM   #15
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People must understand that the Apple stock is completely different from Apple the company. The stock at the moment is very volatile and not doing well, but that's temporary. If you look at previous years of Apples stock, it's happened before.
Apple shares have never lost as much value in any time window, as they have in the last 6 months. In September of 2012, Appl was trading at over $700 USD. Today, it closed it $485... That is a massive loss, which has continued almost every day of the last several months. If I was a person who still had shares in Apple, I would be jumping ship about now. Frankly, it doesn't look good IMO when management keeps leaving the company, new "wonder" products never go anywhere, such as this never ending TV rumor, and the last real innovative product the company shipped was the iPad in 2010.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 08:27 PM   #16
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If I was a person who still had shares in Apple, I would be jumping ship about now.
I believe you. That's exactly what they want you to do, and an incredibly bad idea, if you knew anything about the market.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 08:42 PM   #17
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It's very upsetting to see so many people coming on this website to trash Apple. I just want to set a few things straight.
1. People saying that Apple is on a downwards path and is losing its edge. FALSE. Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs, but he is definitely not anywhere near as bad as you all make him seem. In fact, there are many people who say Tim Cook is taking Apple to places where Steve didn't. Steve himself had been training Cook for many many years. Also Apple is selling products like no other company even if people think they are only getting incremental updates. Remember, Apple didn't release a revolutionary product every year when Steve was alive. They kept adding more updates and specs to the existing product to perfect it. An example of this is the iPod. Every generation added just 1 or 2 new features. The iPhone 3G to 3GS - only new significant update was a video recorder and faster speeds
2. People must understand that the Apple stock is completely different from Apple the company. The stock at the moment is very volatile and not doing well, but that's temporary. If you look at previous years of Apples stock, it's happened before. We have come to think that because its APPLE nothing can go wrong. That's false, it's normal for things to go wrong and that's the beauty of it. It shows the company is not a perfect robot but a company run by humans. As a company, Apples fundamentals are as strong as ever. Steve instilled them into EVERY worker, and those who couldn't maintain these fundamentals were removed like we've seen happen. Change is good. In all honesty, Scott Forstall was probably the only "important" person fired from Apple. But as stated in many articles, he was not a collaborator. He was more of a dictator and wouldn't be open to others opinions. Many other workers at Apple felt the same. In fact, people in Silicon Valley cheered at the news of his departure. Heck, Jony Ive was put in charge of iOS... JONY IVE! The man in charge of the beautiful design of the Apple products we use on a daily basis, and the man responsible alongside Steve with the success of Apple.
Overall nothing at Apple has changed besides a few management shakeups. It's as strong as ever and Apple under Cook will go places Steve didn't manage to. And for you worried about the future of Apple, Steve left a roadmap of products for years to come. Don't believe me? In Walter Isaacsons interview with Jony Ive inside the design lab, Jony told him that in that lab there was technology for the next 3 years. Meaning that in the lab they were already working on future products.
Quoting that because anyone interested in what is really happening needs to see it. Further, anyone who really believes (as opposed to the trolls and FUDsters) that what is going on with aapl's stock price is related to aapl's products or financial success, they need to read the following (a somewhat simplified and whitewashed version of the stock manipulation which has been occurring, and which is facilitated by bloggers and posters all over the internet):

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1002...-on-january-18
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 09:15 PM   #18
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Good to see Jerry putting his family first
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Lots of people seem to be abandoning ship.
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Lots of people seem to be abandoning ship.
Apple ain't what she used to be.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 11:22 PM   #21
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Apple market cap is the biggest in the world, but its product porfolio is very small. It is a consmer hardware/software company, the demand for its products is very elastic. Not like Microsoft, most people in their work place have to use MS Windows, no choice.

Right now Apple makes a lot of money on iPhone and iPad. But what else can Apple invent to arouse consumers in the future?

It seems like Apple is trying to phase out resellers, it does not want to sell its products side-by-side with competitors' products. But those newly built glassy Apple stores are too big for a small product portfolio. The store is boring, and the interior is too bright to show an Apple flat-pannel TV, if any, in the future.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 12:15 AM   #22
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Apple market cap is the biggest in the world, but its product porfolio is very small.
Isn't that the dream? Have a few products that generate tons of income?

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But what else can Apple invent to arouse consumers in the future?
To be fair... Apple doesn't really "invent" anything. They just take something and massage it into a spectacular product. They successfully rebooted the smartphone, tablet, MP3 player, etc.

It's all about execution. Apple has a knack for that.

But to get back to your question... you could ask that about any company.

If Apple is in trouble because they can't invent new products... what about the other guys? What new markets can HTC, LG and Motorola break into?

I keep hearing "Apple is washed up" or "they're losing their edge" or "they need a TV to stay relevant"

Good god... if Apple is washed up... what about a company like RIM? They already tried a tablet and failed... and I don't see them making an MP3 player or TV.

Speaking of TVs... Samsung had the entire media world buzzing about "a TV with an unprecedented new shape"

And it was a huge TV that looks like an easel. For $38,000. Exciting... but far from practical.

At least Apple can fall back on the buckets of cash they make from their existing products.

I guess what I'm saying is... Apple may never invent/redefine a category ever again.

But neither will anyone else.
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Isn't that the dream? Have a few products that generate tons of income?

To be fair... Apple doesn't really "invent" anything. They just take something and massage it into a spectacular product. They successfully rebooted the smartphone, tablet, MP3 player, etc.

It's all about execution. Apple has a knack for that.
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I guess you could be right. A dream only lasts for 8 hours.

Yes, it is Apple's component vendors invented something, Samsung, LG, Sharp, Sony, ARM, and etc.
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If Apple is in trouble because they can't invent new products... what about the other guys? What new markets can HTC, LG and Motorola break into?

I keep hearing "Apple is washed up" or "they're losing their edge" or "they need a TV to stay relevant"

Good god... if Apple is washed up... what about a company like RIM? They already tried a tablet and failed... and I don't see them making an MP3 player or TV.

Speaking of TVs... Samsung had the entire media world buzzing about "a TV with an unprecedented new shape"

And it was a huge TV that looks like an easel. For $38,000. Exciting... but far from practical.

At least Apple can fall back on the buckets of cash they make from their existing products.

I guess what I'm saying is... Apple may never invent/redefine a category ever again.

But neither will anyone else.

Are you talk in about the RIM company that lost almost three quarters of it's market share, layed of thousands of staff last year to stay afloat and is still in financial trouble now? Yeah that's a good role model...
Oh and that pile of cash means nothing, it prolongs that pain, go and read articles from real stock market analysts and experts, from what I've read they don't have a lot of trust in Apple at present...
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To be fair... Apple doesn't really "invent" anything. They just take something and massage it into a spectacular product. They successfully rebooted the smartphone, tablet, MP3 player, etc.

It's all about execution. Apple has a knack for that.

But to get back to your question... you could ask that about any company.
Do your homework before you make such a broad statement. They did invent Firewire and Sudden Motion Sensor for the hard drives in their laptops and they hold patents for both technologies.
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