, the Dixons exec tapped to oversee Apple's retail operations last January, was Tim Cook
's first big hire after taking up the CEO reins at the company. Nine months later, he would be among Cook's first big fires
, ousted from Apple after a series of missteps
that drew some rare negative publicity to the company's wildly successful retail empire.
Now Apple is once again on the hunt for an executive to oversee its retail stores, a keystone of the company's success. And it can ill afford to make another
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