Angela Ahrendts
Angela Ahrendts

Angela Ahrendts, who built Apple's global retail network and helmed Burberry, will join the board of WPP on July 1.

During a five-year stint as senior VP-retail at Apple, Ahrendts was in charge of more than 500 stores in 25 countries and spearheaded the Apple Today free educational and creative classes.

She joined Apple after more than 30 years in fashion and retail, which included CEO at Burberry, executive VP at Liz Claiborne and president of Donna Karan International.

Ahrendts served as a member of the UK prime minister's business advisory council from 2010 to 2015.

“Angela’s reputation as a leader of creative and technology-driven businesses is second to none; she also has deep insight into our clients’ needs in a changing world," said WPP chairman Roberto Quarta.