#WCW – Andrea Ahrendts

Andrea Ahrendts has been mentioned on my blog before: here, where I discussed her pioneering Burberry’s use of technology during her time there as CEO. She has since moved on from Burberry and is now the SVP for Retail and Stores for Apple. That’s a big job (there are 459 stores in 15 countries), but one I have no doubt she can handle.

She has been ranked 25th in Forbes’s most powerful women list, 9th most powerful woman in the UK, and 29th in Fortune’s most powerful woman in business. #goals. See at the bottom for a huge list of others. fort_20120611e_c1_689278_c111

She is the only female executive at Apple, and was reported to have earned the most out of anyone in 2014 (around $70m if you were wondering).

“With a total compensation estimated at about $82.6 million, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was the highest-paid female executive in the U.S. last year,Bloomberg reported last week” – Business Insider

She started her career in New York in the fashion industry: most notably at Donna Karen and Bendel’s.


She joined Burberry in 2006, and over a number of years as CEO  she not only halted the brand’s decline, but raised the company’s worth from $2bn to around $7bn. She was reportedly the highest paid CEO in the UK, making around $26m.


She was snapped up by Apple in 2014. Tim Cook said that “the moment I met her, that was it. And then it was all recruiting.” In true modest female fashion, she is said to have downplayed her achievements: “She says she told Cook, “ ‘Don’t believe everything you read. I’m not a techie.’ And he looks at me, and he goes, ‘I think we have enough techies here.’ And I said, ‘But you don’t understand. I’m not even really a great retailer. I hired great retailers.’ And he said, ‘Well, last time I looked we were one of the highest-productivity-per-square-foot stores of any company on the planet. So I think we have a lot of those too.” – Business insider.


Despite these humble statements, Cook is overjoyed with her work at Apple. “I knew she was going to be off the charts, but she’s even more off the charts than I thought. She came in so fast. There was no [learning] curve.”

Apparently she drinks copious amounts of diet coke. Same babes.

Oh and she’s also been made a Dame. Looking at others in comparison to Ahrendts is like ‘do you even business?’.

  • 2000: Crain’s New York Rising Stars 40 under 40
  • 2010–present: Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, Member[18]
  • 2010: CNBC European Business Leader of the Future
  • 2010: Oracle World Retail Awards, Outstanding Leadership Award
  • 2011: St George’s Society of New York, Medal of Honor[19]
  • 2011 (also 2010): Financial Times Top 50 Women in World Business
  • 2011: Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Honorary Fellow
  • 2013: Business of Fashion BoF 500[20]
  • 2013: The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a DBE for services to British business[15]
  • 2013 (also 2010, 2011): Fortune’s Businesspeople of the Year (2010, 2011, 2013)[21]
  • 2013: Ranked #4 in Fortune’s 2013 top people in business[22]
  • 2013: Financial Times Women of 2013[23]
  • 2013 (also 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012): Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in the World
  • 2013: 9th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4[7]
  • 2014: Fast Company Most Creative People in Business[24]
  • 2014 (also 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013): Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business[25][26][27]



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