Ex-Dixons boss leaves Apple after six months

Ben Southwood
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FORMER Dixons boss John Browett is leaving Apple after just six months, the technology giant announced yesterday.

The departure of the UK retailer, who was hired to drive the global expansion of its stores, was announced alongside that of Scott Forstall, who oversaw Maps.

Browett, who will leave immediately, only joined from Dixons in April this year, and was the first major hire by chief executive Tim Cook.

Apple said a search is underway for a new retail chief.

Forstall, in his position as head of iOS software, oversaw the development and launch of the Siri voice assistant and the heavily ridiculed Maps software. Forstall will stay on as an adviser to chief executive Tim Cook until he leaves the firm next year.

Analysts speculated that Forstall was a scapegoat for the debacle surrounding the release of Maps, which forced Cook to apologise to customers.