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Apple Names Browett to Lead Retail Business in Global Expansion

Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook, in his first major hire since becoming chief executive officer, picked the head of the largest U.K. consumer-electronics retailer to run the iPhone maker’s chain of stores and oversee global expansion.

John Browett, 48, will start at Apple in April as a senior vice president, reporting to Cook, the Cupertino, California-based company said in a statement today. The appointment ends a more than seven-month search to replace former retail head Ron Johnson, who last year left what is now the world’s most valuable company to lead JC Penney Co.