Timothy Donald Cook is the chief executive officer of Apple Inc. He previously served as the company’s chief operating officer under its cofounder Steve Jobs. In 2014, Cook became the first chief executive of a Fortune 500 company to publicly come out as gay. He was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine in 2012.
About Tim Cook in brief
Timothy Donald Cook is an American business executive, philanthropist and engineer. Cook is the chief executive officer of Apple Inc. He previously served as the company’s chief operating officer under its cofounder Steve Jobs. In 2014, Cook became the first chief executive of a Fortune 500 company to publicly come out as gay. Cook also serves on the boards of directors of Nike, Inc., the National Football Foundation, and is a trustee of Duke University. Cook was born in Mobile, Alabama, United States. He earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Auburn University in 1982, and his Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1988. Cook spent 12 years in IBM’s personal computer business, ultimately serving as the director of North American fulfillment. In 1998, Steve Jobs asked Cook to join Apple. In January 2007, Cook was promoted to lead operations and served as chief executive in 2009, while Jobs was away on a leave of absence for health related issues. In March 2015, he said he planned to donate his entire stock fortune to charity. Cook has advocated for the political reformation of international and domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, American manufacturing, and environmental preservation. He has also been involved in the creation of the Apple Watch, the iPhone, the iPad, and the Macbook Air. He is a member of the board of trustees of the University of Alabama at Mobile, where he is a professor of industrial engineering.
He also serves as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College of Information Technology, a private, non-profit organization. He was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine in 2012. Cook’s first position was Senior Vice President for worldwide operations, and then served as executive vice president for worldwide sales and operations. Cook closed factories and warehouses, and replaced them with contract manufacturers; this resulted in a reduction of the company’s inventory from months to days. His group had invested in long-term deals such as advance investment in flash memory since 2005. This guaranteed a stable supply of what became the iPod Nano, then iPhone and iPad. In September 2011, Cook rescued the company from its death spiral, which took it from USD 11 billion in 1995 to less than USD 6 billion in 1998. Under their leadership, the company went from its nadir to a remarkable USD 100 billion today. In April 2012, Time included Cook on its annual \”100 most influential people in the world\” list. In October 2012, Cook resigned as senior vice president of iOS and became an advisor to Cook until he eventually departed from the company in 2013. On October 29, 2013, Cook made major changes to Apple’s executive team, including the appointment of Scott Forstall as an advisor. In November 2013, he replaced John Browett as the iOS vice president.