Angela Ahrendts is a small-town girl who grew up in the suburbs of Indiana. From her Midwestern hometown, she worked her way through various fashion establishments before becoming the chief executive of London haute couture's crème de la crème: Burberry. Next year, at age 53, she'll take on a new venture — technology — as Apple's first female executive.
Earlier this week, the tech company announced that Angela will be joining Apple in a newly created position: senior vice president of retail, under which she'll oversee 415 stores worldwide and the Apple online store. It's a tall order for any executive, but this fifty-percent right-brained, fifty-percent left-brained fashion veteran is uniquely qualified to marry technology and retail.
In the gallery, learn how Angela built a social media empire at Burberry, why she puts mobile first, what technology can do for retail, and how she thinks positive human energy will change the world.