Apple’s new Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, Angela Ahrendts, is set to receive a DBE in the coming weeks, meaning that the American businesswoman will become a Dame of the British Empire. The award was officially confirmed in October but was not publicized by either the British Governmnet or Ahrendts herself.
Awards from the Queen for British nationals are announced twice yearly – in the Queen’s Birthday and New Year’s Honours Lists, in June and January. For non-British nationals, however, awards are given throughout the year and, although approved by the Queen, are not awarded by a member of the royal family.
Interestingly, Ahrendts was joined on the list by Melinda Gates – American businesswoman, philanthropist and wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates – who will also become a Dame.
Ahrendts is not the only Apple employee to have been granted an award on the Honours List with Apple Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive receiving his CBE in 2006 and KBE (Knighthood) in 2012 for services to the design industry.