14 June 2011 10:08 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Ron Johnson, the merchandising guru who created Apple's amazing retail stores, is the second top exec to leave in recent months. What's going on in Cupertino? Dan Lyons on the exodus.

One of the many great strengths of Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been his ability to surround himself with incredibly brilliant people. Over the past decade, Jobs has assembled one of the best executive teams in any industry, comprised of men-and yes, they are all men-who are not just very good at what they do but also extremely loyal to Jobs.

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But in recent months two top lieutenants have left the company, and while it is way too early to say that Apple is in trouble, it seems we may be seeing a changing of the guard at the company, one that will mark the end of an era that »

- Dan Lyons

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