Angela Ahrendts, SVP Retail and Online Stores, is the latest Apple executive to make a public conference appearance this fall. Bloomberg announced today that Ahrendts is set to speak at its third annual ‘The Year Ahead’ business summit happening next week. Michael Bloomberg will open the two-day event on Monday, November 9, in New York City. Angela Ahrendts’s appearance follows the next day at Park Hyatt where Apple’s evolving retail strategy is likely to be a focus of the conversation.
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Angela Ahrendts’ appearance as a speaker at Bloomberg’s business summit is especially notable as the retail chief has taken on a less public-facing role at Apple compared to her time as CEO of Burberry — save for a few LinkedIn blog posts — something many have pointed out in recent months.
Apple hired Ahrendts away from Burberry in late 2013 (officially joining in 2014) where she left her chief executive position at the fashion company for a senior vice president role at Apple. During her tenure, Ahrendts has overseen the Apple Watch launch and store changes required to support the new product as well as several new store openings including Dubai and Abu Dhabi most recently.
Last week during Apple’s quarterly earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared that has plans to open or replace some 30 to 40 retail stores in 2016 with the total number of locations in China reaching 40 by mid-year.
In addition to Angela Ahrendts’ upcoming summit talk, Tim Cook recently appeared at the annual WSJD conference where he shared Apple Music subscriber numbers. Apple Pay head Jennifer Bailey also made news at her recent Code/Mobile appearance where she shared news of new retailers planning to accept the mobile payment service.