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New Apple retail head Ahrendts to be named Dame of British Empire

updated 11:31 am EST, Wed January 29, 2014

Will be awarded title alongside Melinda Gates

Apple's incoming retail head and former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts is being named a Dame of the British Empire, according to Vogue. The honor is a female equivalent of a knighthood. Since Ahrendts is originally from the US, her damehood has been approved by the Queen, but will not be awarded by a member of the British royal family. The same is true of Melinda Gates, who is being granted damehood at the same time.

Ahrendts was hired by Apple last October, but won't formally assume her position until this spring, since she continues to have work at Burberry. She is replacing John Browett, whose tenure at was extremely brief, owing to problems like mismanagement of retail staff. Some workers suddenly found themselves with reduced or non-existent hours.

by MacNN Staff



  1. tehwoz

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    Joined: 12-19-13

    Ah - so selling handbags now qualifies one for a knighthood / dame title? Oh dear - there goes the empire. Maybe the UK should get back to basics and award these things for actually doing something significant, like landing on the moon, or classifying the genome set, or discovering a new element or ......

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: 01-25-07

    Stupid show tune! Can't shake it. Ghahhh!

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

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    Joined: 07-13-09

    I believe the overriding thing that "qualifies" her for Dame-hood is that she is wealthy enough to purchase it.

  1. sammaffei

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    Joined: 09-04-04

    Dames! Can't live with them, can't...

  1. YangZone

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    Joined: 05-24-00

    What empire?

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