While we all remain shocked at Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO Apple, we would also take some time to tell you about Tim Cook who will be replacing Jobs as the next CEO of Apple.
Cook was born in Robertsdale, Alabama and secured a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University in 1982 and later after six years completed his MBA from Duke University.
Cook who has been with Apple for the last 13 years is currently working as the Chief Operating Officer of Apple and is responsible for Apple’s global sales and worldwide operations including end to end management of Apple’s supply chain. He is the man behind many of Apple’s exclusive component agreements like the display contract or the flash storage for iOS devices.
Before coming to Apple he was working for Compaq as its Vice President of Corporate Materials. He has also spent 12 years with IBM most recently as director of North American Fulfillment where he was heading manufacturing and distribution functions for IBM’s Personal Computer Company in North and Latin America.
His choice as the CEO only seems natural as he has already served twice as interim CEO while Steve Jobs was on medical leave.
“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. He further added, “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”
It seemed to everyone including ourselves that Steve Jobs was probably irreplaceable, as also commented by Tim Cook once, “Come on, replace Steve? No. He’s irreplaceable. That’s something people have to get over. I see Steve there with gray hair in his 70s, long after I’m retired.”
But now that it has happened, Tim Cook is the only logical choice. In fact Apple seems already to have had its succession plan in place by appointing Cook as the interim CEO. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and we believe that he would continue to take Apple to the heights following in the footsteps of Steve Jobs.
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