Report: Apple hires search firm to recruit retail chief

New York City -- Apple has hired executive search firm Egon Zehnder International to help it find a replacement for its retail head Ron Johnson, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

The reports suggest that in hiring Egon Zehnder, which has offices around the globe, Apple may be looking for an executive with international retail experience. Apple is set to open nearly 30 stores this year outside of the United States.

Ron Johnson, Apple’s senior VP in charge of retail, will leave the firm to become CEO J.C. Penney Co. on Nov. 1. He departs as the computer maker expands internationally, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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