Apple today announced that Angela Ahrendts, who is currently the company’s SVP of retail, will be departing in April after 5 years. Her successor will be Dierdre O’Brien, under the official title of senior Vice President of Retail + People.
Apple is gearing up to launch Apple Pay across Target, Taco Bell, Speedaway and other top merchants in the United States. With the addition of these national retailers, 74 of the top 100 US merchants now accept the mobile payment solution.
Apple and Amazon may have consolidated their power but the deal between them hurts the smaller vendors that benefited from selling Apple gadgets via Amazon’s Marketplace, they’re going to be the main losers here.