updated 02:59 pm EDT, Mon April 7, 2014
Former Burberry CEO could make switch to Apple this month
Apple's incoming senior VP of Retail, Angela Ahrendts, is receiving her expected Dame of the British Empire title today, British newspaper the Daily Mail The honor is equivalent to a knighthood; instead of the Queen, though, today's ceremony will be hosted by Vince Cable, the British government's Secretary of State for Business. Ahrendts is originally American, and non-British citizens can't be granted damehood by the Queen; likewise, while she will be able to attach "DBE" to her name, she won't be able to refer to herself as Dame Ahrendts.
Ahrendts was formerly the CEO of Burberry, and is credited with helping to turn the clothing and accessory maker around. The Mail suggests that Ahrendts will finally join Apple this month. She was hired to replace John Browett last October, but was only due to make the switch sometime this spring, and has continued to work at Burberry in the interim.