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January 16, 2013

Key Apple Retail Exec Jerry McDougal Resigns

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Apple's vice president of retail, Jerry McDougal, a one-time candidate to lead Cupertino's chain of stores, has exited the company, according to reports.

McDougal said goodbye to his colleagues this past Friday, according to ifoAppleStore, which first reported the news, citing unnamed sources. McDougal reportedly left the company to spend more time with family, not for work-related reasons.

Jim Bean, a vice president in Apple's financial division, will take over McDougal's position, Apple told AllThingsD.

"Retail has an incredibly strong network of leaders at the store and regional level, and they will continue the excellent work they've done over the past decade to revolutionize retailing with unique, innovative services and a focus on the customer that is second to none," Apple spokesman Steve Dowling, said in a statement to AllThingsD. "Jim Bean is moving to Retail to help support our store teams. Jim has been at Apple for 15 years and is a great leader who understands our culture and focus on customer service."

The latest departure comes as Apple continues to search for a new retail head after John Browett was dismissed in October after less than a year on the job. McDougal, who began his career at Apple in 2000 working closely with former retail head and Genius Bar creator Ron Johnson (now CEO at JC Penney) was rumored to be a candidate for the open senior vice president of retail position.

March 26, 2012

Elderly Woman Breaks Nose on Apple Store, Sues For $1M

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Apple Stores are known for their beautiful, minimalist glass facades – an iconic look that has become synonymous with the company's retail side. In fact, a number of the Mac maker's retail outlets have earned top architectural honors.

But at least one person isn't so impressed. Eighty-three-year-old Evelyn Paswall failed to notice that a store in Manhasset, New York was actually fronted by thick glass panes. She was approaching the store to return an iPhone when she ran smack into the see-through door and broke her nose. She is suing Apple for $1 million, crying negligence on Apple's part for its failure to properly mark its crystal-clear exterior, rendering it unsafe for elderly shoppers.

"Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd," Paswall's attorney Derek T. Smith told the New York Post. "But on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people."