John Browett

John Browett, 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

Appletell reported yesterday on the major shake-up that happened with Apple’s management team, including the departure of executives John Browett (head of retail) and Scott Forstall (senior vice president of iOS software). More news has now leaked that sheds some light on what may have happened inside Apple headquarters.

Apple Monday announced a major executive shakeup, including the departures of retail chief John Browett and iOS software head Scott Forstall. The shakeup also includes new roles for executives Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi. 

Apple retail head John Browett reassured store employees Sunday night that the company is on track to new heights following recent concerns within the ranks about store cutbacks including reduced work hours and layoffs.

"You will see a number of improvements which are coming through which are going to make it better for the customer, easier for you to do your jobs and that's what my job is all about," Browett said, according to an audio recording of his address during Apple's quarterly meeting for every Apple Store.

Apple is finally ready to introduce the world to its new head of retail operations, John Browett.

Browett was hired back in January to be Apple's senior vice president of retail, replacing Ron Johnson, the architect behind Apple's retail store strategy who left to become CEO of JCPenney last year. Browett officially started at Apple late last month and now the company has updated its executive leadership webpage to include a full profile of Browett.

Here are the key details you should know about the new retail exec from Apple's bio

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