Tasked with bringing chic to tech, the former Burberry boss turned senior vice-president of Apple’s retail and online stores is now the highestpaid female executive in the US
How she got there Angela, 55, grew up sewing her own clothes and reading her mother’s fashion magazines in small-town Indiana in the US. Following a degree in marketing and merchandising, she worked for a bra manufacturer in New York before becoming president of Donna Karan International. She became CEO of Burberry in 2006, and joined Apple in 2014, where she earns more than $70 million a year (that’s more than Apple CEO, Tim Cook). Key changes she made Angela guided Burberry’s transformation from a fusty English trench-coat maker into a global fashion name. The mother of three told The Sunday Times, ‘We have a lot of women working here and I always tell them they are mothers rst.’ Greatest challenge When the 200 global nancial crisis hit, she didn’t just reduce costs and streamline operations but risked expanding into the US and Asia. The brand soared. ‘I was taught never to waste a good recession,’ she later told The Wall Street Journal. Smart moves Giving Karl Lagerfeld the rst Apple Watch, and collaborating with Hermès on three watch strap styles. Words of wisdom ‘Success is predicated on you putting the right people in the right place at the right time.’
Do they care more about their own success or about the greater good of the whole? I ask simple questions about their family, interests, spirituality and community.
I ask a few business questions about how they handle challenging situations and optimise opportunities. Are they empathetic, compassionate and giving?
Do they make linear decisions, are they a creative thinker, or do they use their whole mind?
How much do they look to the past for trends? Do they have an opinion on the future and how their organisation will need to evolve?
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