Apple taps airline exec for ecommerce division

Apple has appointed Delta Air Lines executive Bob Kupbens as its vice president of online retail as part of wider ecommerce growth push.

Apple has hired Delta Air Lines marketer to help accelerate its ecommerce plans.

He joins the technology firm’s senior team in San Francisco, meaning he will report into Burberry chief executive and senior vice president of retail and online stores Angela Ahrendts when she joins later this year.

It is unclear what he will be tasked with, however, Kupbens is said to have developed Delta’s online sales strategies as its vice president of marketing and digital commerce. Prior to that, he is credited with establishing the ecommerce offering for American clothier Target.

The appointment comes as Apple looks to bolster handset and media sales in the face of growing competition from Google and Samsung. It hired Angela Ahrendts last October to steer the expansion of both its online and bricks-and-mortar outlets.  

Apple reported record quarterly revenue of $57.6bn (£34.5bn) for the three months to 27 December. It sold a record 51 million smartphones in the period, although this was short of the 54.7 million analysts had predicted.

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