Jerry McDougal was in the running for Senior Vice President of Retail at Apple, but in a somewhat surprising move, he elected to resign instead. Replacing him will be Apple's former Vice President of Finance Jim Bean. The new Retail VP has worked at Apple for 15 years, with an Apple spokesperson stating that he understands the company's culture.
McDougal's resignation was given earlier in the month. He had been slated as a potential replacement for John Browett, who was fired by Apple late last year. Little is known about the executive's departure, with no official statement being offered. Unnamed sources who claim to be familiar with the situation stated that he wanted more family time.
Apple spokesman Steve Dowling offered this statement. "Retail has an incredibly strong network of leaders at the store and regional level, and they will continue the excellent work they’ve done over the past decade to revolutionize retailing with unique, innovative services and a focus on the customer that is second to none."
As far as Jim Bean goes, he joined Apple back in 1998, and will have the title Vice President of Retail. Spokesman Dowling had this to say about him: "Jim Bean is moving to Retail to help support our store teams. Jim has been at Apple for 15 years and is a great leader who understands our culture and focus on customer service." In light of the departure, Apple is still on the hunt for someone to replace John Browett.