Apple's retail division has taken another hit with the resignation of a top executive once thought to be a candidate to head the unit.
First reported by tech site AllThingsD, Apple confirmed that Jerry McDougal, vice president of retail, had resigned this month. AllThingsD said sources had said McDougal left because he "wanted to spend more time with his family."
The retail division, which oversees Apple's stores, has been a pillar of the company's phenomenal success over the last decade. However, the architect of that retail strategy, Ron Johnson, left Apple last year to become chief executive of J.C. Penney.
Johnson was replaced as senior vice president of retail by John Browett of Dixons. But Browett was fired nine months later.
McDougal was considered a candidate to step into the top retail slot, so his resignation comes as a bit of a surprise.