In Short

Angela Ahrendts is Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores. Born June 12, 1960 in New Palestine, Indiana, after graduating with a degree in merchandising and marketing from Ball State University, she went to work for Donna Karen in New York City. Ahrendts worked at a series of fashion and brands including Henri Bendel and Fifth & Pacific, where she was promoted to executive vice president and held responsibility for the Liz Claiborne line. In 2006 Ahrendts became CEO of fashion retailer Burberry.

In May of 2014 Ahrendts joined Apple, unifying the previously separately-run online and retail store divisions.

Ahrendts was awarded an honorary doctorate of human letters from Ball State University in 2010 and in 2014 she was made an honorary dame commander of the British Empire (DBE).