Angela Ahrendts was happy to be interviewed last summer by Jeff Chu — my former Time Magazine colleague — while she was still running Burberry (BURBY).
That door slammed shut the day Apple (AAPL) announced that she had been hired to run Cupertino’s retail empire. But by then Chu had gathered enough material to put together the best profile yet on Apple’s first female senior vice president since 2006 — a C-level star who shines so bright that after she was hired Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, a onetime Apple intern, tweeted
Chu offers some fresh details about what Ahrendts is expected to bring to Apple (hint: not stylish computer wearables), but what interested me most was what Chu learned about the search criteria Tim Cook gave the recruiting firm Egon Zehnder after Cook’s first choice to run Apple Retail — John Browett — crashed and burned. An excerpt: