updated 01:00 pm EDT, Wed November 2, 2011
Apple has 'nothing to announce at this time'
A key Apple retail worker, Steve Cano, is poised to assume control of the company's retail division, a Cult of Mac source claims. The most recent head of Apple retail, Ron Johnson, officially departed the company on Monday, but without anyone named as a replacement. Cano has allegedly already been promoted to his new position, although an Apple spokesperson states that "The search is underway with lots of interest and we are carefully selecting Ron's successor," adding, "We have nothing to announce today." Johnson is now the CEO of retailer JC Penney.
Cano is said to be a long-time Apple employee, having started as the manager of the Palo Alto Apple Store in 2001. He later progressed to the New York City SoHo outlet, and in 2004 became the manager of the Tokyo Ginza Apple Store, which was also Apple's first international location. He then became a regional director, and was eventually appointed the company's first senior director of international retail, moving to London.
A hint that Cano would be taking over emerged in an October 12th press release by the Apple Retail Workers Union, following the death of Steve Jobs. "We wish much success to Tim Cook and Steve Cano, who will be leading Apple and its retail stores going forward," part of the release reads.