RetailWeek reports that filed former Apple Senior Vice President of Retail John Browett is taking a job as the chief executive of United Kingdom fashion and accessories retailer Monsoon Accessorize. Browett is set to start on March 4, almost 5 months after leaving his position at Apple.
Browett had been with Apple for about seven months and was hired after Apple had conducted a 7 month search for the replacement of Ron Johnson, another former retail head. Although Cook had high praise for Browett after he was hired, there were some issues that Apple had with his management decisions. Before arriving at Apple, Browett was praised for turning around electronics retailer Dixons.
Browett was reported to have been hired to run Apple’s retail operations specifically because of his focus on “traditional concepts of retailing”, which values revenue and profit over everything.
A replacement for Browett has yet to be named at Apple, and the retail team has been reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook in the meantime.