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Ron Johnson formally leaves Apple with no known successor

updated 11:45 am EDT, Tue November 1, 2011

Leaves fate of Apple retail chain in question

Ron Johnson has now officially left his post as the head of Apple's retail division, but with no known successor, reports note. Today marks the start of Johnson's new position as the CEO of retailer JC Penney. Accordingly, a listing for Johnson has been newly removed from Apple's Executive Profiles page.

How Apple intends to cope with Johnson's absence is unknown. The executive is credited with much of the success of the Apple Store chain, growing the number of outlets into the hundreds, and spearheading core concepts like the Genius Bar. Apple has been searching for a replacement since June, but has not said how it will handle retail operations without a clear leader for them. The situation has likely been worsened since the resignation and later death of Steve Jobs, since the former CEO was famous for micromanaging Apple, including its retail presence.

Although Johnson is formally in control of JC Penney, his initial duties will be limited to marketing and merchandising. He will only assume total control after February 1st, completing a three-month transition with help from his predecessor, Myron Ullman III.




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  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Bit By Bit Apple Inc Begins To

    Crumble!

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    The Devil's Philosophy

    Better to rule in h*** than serve in Heaven. (JC Penney is still around?)

  1. imNat-imadouche

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    These are the times

    people when apple is slowly crumbling. Without its shepard, all the isheep will be lost

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    @chippie

    Steve Jobs interviewed 60+ nurses. Do you think Apple would have interviewed the same number of people (or more) for one of its VP positions?

  1. macjockey

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    good bye

    no one liked him anyway

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