Apple's Search for New Retail Chief Extending Internationally

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Back in June, department store chain J.C. Penney announced that it had named Apple retail boss Ron Johnson as its next Chief Executive Officer, with Johnson set to take the new job as of November 1st. Johnson has played an instrumental role at Apple over the past decade, overseeing the company's entire retail store initiative since joining Apple from discount retailer Target in 2000.


    Apple's Pudong retail store in Shanghai, China
    As part of its efforts to find a replacement for Johnson, Apple has reportedly extended its reach internationally with the hiring of search firm Egon Zehnder to assist with the search, according to The Wall Street Journal.
    Apple's emphasis on international retail stores over the past several years has seen the international component of the company's retail arm grow to nearly 30% of the over 325 total stores. Apple currently operates retail stores in ten countries beyond the United States, and is in the midst of a significant push to open 30 more stores before the end of September.

    Apple's "Greater China" market of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong has been a major focus for the company over the last year or two, although Apple has been relatively slow to open new stores there as the company currently operates only four stores in the country, all of which rank among the busiest in the company's chain. Apple last year announced plans to open up to 25 new stores in China during the following 24 months, but the company has opened only three locations since that time as it has worked hard to identify the best locations and to make plans for larger and more iconic stores than originally anticipated.

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  2. devinher macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2010
    Big shoes

    Talk about a tough act to follow. He's probably nearly as difficult to replace as Ives. Good luck to them!
  3. citi macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2006
    Simi Valley, CA
    This is going to read poorly, and I have no intention of offending anyone but...

    It's hard to believe we can't find someone to run a company that started in America, IN AMERICA. :eek:

    Can't we hire someone from the GAP? :)
  4. weing macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2007
    Well it makes sense. Now the China is opened up to them. The USA is now "just another market" to Apple.
    And fast becoming an unimportant one at that!
  5. applefan289 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    I've been wondering what would happen to Apple if some of the top people leave (like Steve Jobs, or Jonathan Ive). But, given that the company has had a ton of time to grow and get their system down, I don't think it would change much if there were replacements.

    I'm sure Apple's goal is to keep this thing going as long as possible. They would not make the mistake of having the company's products or goals change because of corporate replacements.
  6. claus1225 macrumors member

    May 25, 2009
    they need a store in Taipei, Taiwan.

    right in the 101 or sogo area.

    those are the most prestigious and crowded district.

    even a 3 year old in taiwan can tell you that.
  7. Locodice macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2011
    Steve really dropped the ball here.

    I could see a special edition of The Apprentice with Steve picking the winner.
  8. RalfTheDog macrumors 65816


    Feb 23, 2010
    Lagrange Point
    Why would anyone jump ship from Apple to manage JC Pennies? Skip out on the fastest growing company in the world with the most upside potential to run the retail aspect of a company that is cratering? There must be more to the story.
  9. a4ex macrumors newbie


    Jun 29, 2011
    I hope they will decide eventually to open one in Greece. We had enough with this resellers-crap
  10. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007

    So yes, there is more to the story.
  11. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Apple already have a huge (and hugely successful) retail operation in the US, there's far more expansion and growth potential internationally, which is why it might sense to look outside the US for its new retail chief.
  12. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    CEO > VP, from both a money standpoint and obviously a corporate ladder standpoint. Johnson running the show may be a lot better to him than designing retail environments.
  13. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    Wouldn't surprise me if the new guy is Chinese. They're set for a huge push in that market.
  14. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    Unfortunately you're correct. :apple:
  15. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    A person from "Greater China." Tim is always saying "Greater China". China, Taiwan, Hong Kong.

    Definitely will be Male. Especially in Asia. I'm going to say they come from Hong Kong. :apple:
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    J.C. Penney is quite the challenge. Once upon a time, it was a storied American brand, but it fell so far. I would think, if one were in his line of work, it'd be a really interesting challenge to see if it could be turned into something meaningful again.
  17. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    Used to be simply "Penney's. Noted that while looking through my Mint Dec 63 Life Magazine last weekend at a Retro Gathering.

    Where did J.C. arrive from? :apple:
  18. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Hmmm. I dunno. According to Wikipedia, it's had the J. C. (the founder's initials) in the name since 1913. The NYSE ticker is JCP, too.
  19. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
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    Even though I am not Americain I understand your sentiment. However from the shareholders perspective it is about the bottom line.

    Where is the new upper-middle classes now? Not in the Western world. (The American dream is fading)

    China and India and such is where the money is, and where the global future is got to be with 50 years. It's a hard fact of life us Westerners will need to come to accept.
  20. AppleScruff1 macrumors G4


    Feb 10, 2011

    If the USA is not important to them, let them move their headquarters overseas too. Goodbye and good riddance to a bunch of arrogant prima donnas.

    Maybe they can hire a Foxconn slave for the position?
  21. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    Apple would be remiss if they didn't look outside the US. What's wrong with hiring someone who can help them in their international expansion?
  22. reden macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    I hope they sell gyros inside your Apple stores.
  23. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    JC Penny needed a CEO.

    Apple already has a CEO (and the Retail guy was not in line for that position, safe to say.)

    Limited growth prospects at Apple vs. running a major corporation.

    Draw your own conclusions.
  24. slinky199 macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2011
    Sounds like Apple.
  25. MacOSXuser macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2007

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