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, Sr. VP Retail. McDougal was Johnson’s right-hand man from the moment the chain was conceived in 2000, and there was speculation he might replace Johnson. However, CEO Tim Cook selected outsider John Browett of UK-based Dixons for the position. When Browett was fired last October, speculation again focused on McDougal and others for the Sr. VP position. Instead, McDougal has now departed, and the company says it continues to search for Browett’s successor. An Apple spokesman told AllThingsD that Jim Bean, a 15-year Apple veteran, has moved from his position as VP of Financial Planning & Analysis and will assume McDougal’s position. Outside speculation on the Sr. VP position is focused on Bob Bridger, VP of Retail Real Estate and Development, and Steve Cano, VP of Retail. Both are long-time Apple retail employees. McDougal, 46, graduated from Buffalo State (NY), and received his MBA from the Whitman School of Management (Syracuse University, NY). He began his business career with IBM, and spent 10 years there before moving to retailer PC Connection in 1999. He was recruited by Johnson the next year, and was responsible for retail marketing, product merchandising, store operations, loss prevention and customer loyalty programs. He was a frequent attendee at Apple retail store grand openings and new product introductions world-wide.
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