Tim Cook, the new CEO of Apple
Tim Cook, the man who was recommended by Jobs to take over, has had a very long history with the company. Cook, who has served as Apple’s chief operating officer for seven years, was named as its new chief executive today with the resignation of Jobs, the iconic co-founder of the company. Cook, long considered a front-runner to replace Jobs, has filled in for Jobs during his three medical leaves of absence.
Cook, 50, joined Apple in 1998 as a senior vice president of worldwide operations and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2004. Before joining Apple, Cook briefly served as an executive at Compaq and spent 12 years at IBM, where he ran manufacturing and operations for the company’s PC business. Cook earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from Duke.
Cook’s profile has grown steadily in the last few years. He has served as Jobs’ right-hand man at shareholder events and has completely handled earnings calls with analysts for last few years. Recently, he has played a more prominent role at product launches.