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June 12, 1960 |
New Palestine, Indiana, USA
|Residence||London, United Kingdom|
|Alma mater||Ball State University|
|Children||3 (2xboys; 1xgirl)|
Angela Ahrendts (born June 12, 1960) is an American businesswoman. The CEO of Burberry from 2006, on October 14, 2013 it was confirmed that she will join Apple to head its retail efforts from mid-2014. Angela is currently #53 on Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.
One of six children, Ahrendts was born and raised in New Palestine, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. She earned an undergraduate degree in Merchandising and Marketing from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; from where she also received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2010.
Leaving Indiana on a one-way ticket the day after her graduation, she arrived in New York City determined to make it in the fashion industry. After a series of positions including merchandising at bra maker Warnaco, Ahrendts joined Donna Karan International in 1989, working to develop the luxury brand internationally through both wholesale and licensing. In 1996 she was hired at Henri Bendel by Leslie Wexner to expand Bendel stores to 50 new markets, but the project was cancelled by the board of directors two years later.
In 1998 she joined Fifth & Pacific Companies as Vice President of Corporate Merchandising and Design. In 2001 she was promoted to Senior Vice President Corporate Merchandising and Group President, responsible for the merchandising of the groups 20 plus brands including Laundry by Shelli Segal, Lucky Brand Dungarees and the mens retail business of Liz Claiborne Inc. From 2002 she was promoted again to serve as Executive Vice President, with full responsibility for the complete line of Liz Claiborne products, services and development across both womens and mens lines.
Ahrendts joined Burberry in January 2006, and took up the position of CEO on July 1, 2006 replacing Rose Marie Bravo. Ahrendts mitigated the decline in prestige of the brand by immediately limiting the number of items that had been adopted by chavs to around 10% of product content and also by buying out the Spanish franchise, then generating 20% of group revenues, to stop its unfettered licensing. Ahrendts says she does not model her approach after any other fashion house, but looks to world class design as an influence including Apple Inc.. The company value rose during her tenure from £2Bn to over £7Bn. CNN Money reported in 2013 that during 2012, she was the highest paid CEO in the UK making $26.3 million.
Ahrendts met her husband Gregg in elementary school; they married in their 30s after a 17-year long-distance relationship. The couple have three children, and presently live in a 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) home on 8 acres (3.2 ha) plot west of London. Brought up a methodist, she is still an active Christian.
Awards and memberships
- Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Honorary Fellow (2011)
- St George’s Society of New York, Medal of Honor (2011)
- Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, Member (2010–present)
- CNBC European Business Leader of the Future (2010)
- Oracle World Retail Awards, Outstanding Leadership Award (2010)
- Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in the World (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)
- Fortune’s Businesspeople of the Year (2010)
- Financial Times Top 50 Women in World Business (2010, 2011)
- Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (2007, 2008, 2011)
- Crain’s New York Rising Stars 40 under 40 (2000)
- In February 2013 she was assessed as the 9th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.
- Ranked #4 in Fortune's 2013 top people in business 
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- Petroff, Alanna. "Top paid CEO in U.K. is an American woman". CNN Money. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list
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- World Business Forum 2011 - featured speaker Angela Ahrendts
- Ball State University Commencement Address 2010
- Charlie Rose Show, September 2010
- Angela Ahrendts speaks at the World Retail Congress, Berlin 2010
- WSJ Magazine: Earning Her Stripes, September 2010
- Angela Ahrendts: The Financial Times Women at The Top, November 2011
- The Telegraph: Selling the British attitude across the world, April 2011
- Angela Ahrendts: Forbes Most Powerful Women in the World, 2011
- Angela Ahrendts: Fortune Most Powerful Women in Business, 2011
- Angela Ahrendts on Twitter