Which one is important for you – job or family? Would you leave your job just to focus on your family while you are in one of the top companies of the world? I’m quiet sure you may not be that brave to do so. But one man did. He is none other than Apple’s Vice President of Retail Division – Jerry McDougal.
Ron Johnson, Senior Vice President of Apple’s Retail Department quit Apple in the summer of 2011. A couple of months later, Apple recruited John Browett from Dixons (Dixons is a consumer electronics retail chain in Europe) for that vacant position on January 30, 2012. Later Browett became the President of Apple’s Retail Department. But the interesting news is Apple fired Browett nine months later in October 2012 and appointed Jerry McDougal as the VP of Retail Division.
McDougal kept sharp eyes on retail marketing, product merchandising, store operations, loss prevention and customer loyalty programs. McDougal was with Apple for over 12 years. For his fabulous performance in the mean time, he gained huge appraisals from Apple. But he involved himself in work in such a way that he had very less bonding with his family members. When he realized the fact, he decided to quit Apple so that he “could spend more time with his family.” And finally he quit Apple last Friday.
Apple spokesman Steve Dowling has confirmed that the company will shift Jim Bean, former Vice President of Apple’s Finance Department to McDougal’s place as the VP of Retail Division.
Steve Dowling said, “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.”
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