This past January, Apple filled up the role vacated by Ron Johnson with former Dixons Retail CEO John Browett. Browett began working at Apple a few weeks ago, and with his mug now officially a part of Apple’s executive profile page, Browett this week sent out an email to Apple’s team or retail employees.
The email was obtained by IFO Apple Store, and it reads:
At last I’ve officially started at Apple, and it’s great to be here. I’ve had the chance to meet many of you at stores in the U.S. and across Europe, and one of my top priorities for the coming months is to meet many more people on our team around the world.
It’s incredibly impressive to be on the inside of Apple Retail. Many of my friends, relatives, and former colleagues have written to tell me how lucky I am to be working with such a great group of people, and I couldn’t agree more. While our stores are fantastic and our products are amazing, it really is our people who make the difference in creating the best retail experience.
There will be much more to share in the weeks ahead, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone over time.
I am thrilled to work with all of you as we build the future of Apple Retail together.
The search for a replacement for Johnson took quite a while, having begun last Summer following Johnson’s announcement that he was set to leave in November to become the CEO of JC Penney. As part of the search process, Apple employed the reputable search firm of Egon Zehender International, reportedly at the urging of Steve Jobs, as to find someone with International retail experience.
As for Browett’s background, in addition to serving as the CEO at Dixon’s retail, he held a number of executive positions at Tesco plc. Education wise, Browett received a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University before moving onto Penn’s Wharton Business School where he received an MBA. As far as we know, Dan Loeb isn’t challenging the veracity of his Resume