Angela Ahrendts a Dame of the British Kingdom

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Angela Ahrendts gets British award – Wednesday 29 January 2014 the CEO of Burberry Angela Ahrendts has become a Dame of the British Kingdom (DBE). Ahrendts already knew since October that she would get this award, but the didn’t get much attention.  Ahrendts gets her award for her work with Burberry. In the eight years at Burberry, she has managed to put the brand on the map. In a few months, Ahrendts, will leave Burberry for Apple. Designer Christopher Bailey will take over.

Normally, the awards for British are announced twice a year, in January and June. For non-Britons this is different. They can be awarded throughout the year, if it is not done by a member of the Royal family.

Angela, born June 12, 1960 is an American businesswoman. She has been the CEO of Burberry since 2006. On October 14, 2013 it was confirmed that she will join Apple in mid-2014 to head its retail-department  She was ranked 53rd in Forbes  2013 list of the most powerful women in the world.

Angela Ahrendts was one of six children and was born and raised in New Palestine, Indiana. She earned an undergraduate degree in Merchandising and Marketing from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. In 2010, she received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Ball State

Leaving Indiana, her career went like a rocket. She arrived in New York City determined to make it in the fashion industry. After a series of positions including merchandising at bra maker Warnaco, Angela joined Donna Karan International in 1989, working to develop the luxury brand internationally through both wholesale and licensing.

In 1998, she joined Fifth & Pacific Companies as Vice President of Corporate Merchandising and Design. In 2001, she was promoted to Senior Vice President and in 2002 she was promoted again to serve as Executive Vice President, with full responsibility for the complete line of Liz Claiborne products, services and development.

Angela joined Burberry in January 2006, and took up the position of CEO on July 1, 2006 replacing Rose Marie Bravo. In her years as CEO, the value of the brand, rose from 2 billion to over 7 billion pounds. In 2012 she was the best paid CEO in the UK.

On October 15, 2013 it was announced that Ahrendts will leave Burberry in Spring 2014 to join Apple Inc. as a member of its executive team as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

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