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.