Deirdre O’Brien, Apple (US)

2021 HRD Global 100

SVP of retail and people

Thirty-year Apple veteran Deirdre O’Brien supports the work and enrich the lives of millions of Apple customers as SVP of retail and people. O’Brien and her team create retail experiences that educate and inspire. With her in the lead, the people team also helps Apple connect, develop, and care for its employees, empowering these employees to do their best work. Her team oversees a broad range of functions including talent development and Apple University, recruiting, employee relations and experience, business partnership, benefits, compensation, and inclusion and diversity. O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from Michigan State University and an MBA from San Jose State University.