Born in the small town of New Palestine, Indiana, Ahrendts had five siblings and a family home so crowded that she’d go to the cupboard under the stairs for a little peace. The day after she graduated college, she moved to New York, joining Donna Karan and later becoming president. She also served as executive VP of Liz Claiborne Inc., which owned Juicy Couture. Eventually, she was recruited as CEO of Burberry, where she’s credited with righting the deteriorating brand.
She’s the first and only woman on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s executive team. Her “new” Apple store makeover celebrates artistic uses of machines rather than just the computers themselves.
“You’re going to see relationships with technology across anything that’s a brand. I don’t care if that’s in home or what you wear. I just think it’s a new fact of life.”
“I am the third out of six children, and I am raised with very strong core values and a very strong upbringing. I always put myself in other people’s shoes.”
“Wherever I’ve worked, I’ve just always tried to do my best, achieve my best, build a great team around me.”
“Remember, the universal language is not texted, emailed, or spoken. It is felt.”
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