Just in: Apple VP of Retail Jerry McDougal Leaves Apple to Focus on His Family

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In an unexpected move, Jerry McDougal who was Ron Johnson’s right-hand man (Apple’s former head of retail) and worked closely with Johnson’s successor John Browett told colleagues last friday that he was leaving Apple to spend more time with his family. After Browett’s departure last year, McDougal was rumored to be in the running for the top job.

Updates below.

9to5Mac quotes ifoAppleStore.com:

A key player in the birth of Apple’s retail chain and a potential candidate to lead the retail stores has left the company. Jerry McDougal, Vice-President of Retail, said goodbye to his colleagues last Friday, sources say. His departure was explained as not work-related, but rather so he could spend more time with his family.

Do other details were provided, just that it wasn’t work related. It’s no secret that working at Apple HQ can be tough. High expectations and long hours take their toll on people, executives especially. No word on a successor, but ifoAppleStore.com is saying that Bob Bridger, VP of Retail Real Estate and Development, and Steve Cano, VP of Retail might be in the running to replace Browett in the Senior VP post.

AllThingsD is reporting that VP of Finance Jim Bean will replace McDougal.

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