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Apple Retail Vice President Jerry McDougal Departs

Apple's recent woes continue as the company's retail vice president, Jerry McDougal, has left his position.

McDougal, who was a candidate to lead the company's chain of retail stores, said his farewells to his colleagues last week. He reportedly left the company to spend more time with family and not for work-related reasons.

Apple confirmed that Jim Bean, a vice president in the company's financial division, will take over the vacant position.

"Retail has an incredibly strong network of leaders at the store and regional level, and they will continue the excellent work they've done over the past decade to revolutionize retailing with unique, innovative services and a focus on the customer that is second to none," said Apple spokesman Steve Dowling.

"Jim Bean is moving to Retail to help support our store teams. Jim has been at Apple for 15 years and is a great leader who understands our culture and focus on customer service."

Apple, which has seen its stock recently drop to an 11-month low, is still searching for a new retail head after John Browett was dismissed in October after less than a year in his position.

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