Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple Inc.
He joined Apple in 1998 as the senior vice president for worldwide operations, eventually serving as the executive vice president for worldwide sales and operations and the chief operating officer under Steve Jobs. As the COO, Tim was responsible for all of the company’s global sales and operations, headed Apple’s Macintosh department, and played a pivotal role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships.
“Apple never wanted to maximize user time,” Tim told TIME Magazine. “We’ve never been about that. We’re not motivated to do that from a business point of view, and we’re certainly not motivated from a values point of view. If you’re looking at a phone more than someone’s eyes, you’re doing the wrong thing.”
He was made the CEO in August 2011, prior to Steve Jobs’ death in October. Tim had also served as the chief executive of the company during a couple stints in 2009 and earlier in 2011 while Steve tended to his health.
In 2014, Tim became the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to come out as gay.
The Apple CEO has won several awards, including Financial Times’ Person of the Year award in 2014 and Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leader award, the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award, the Ripple of Change Award in 2015. Tim has also been inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor. In 2012, TIME named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Prior to Apple, Tim worked at Compaq, Intelligent Electronics and IBM.
Tim has advocated for the political reform of international and domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, corporate taxation, American manufacturing, and environmental preservation. In 2016, Hillary Clinton considered him as a candidate for vice-president.
He earned an MBA from Duke University and a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Auburn University.Tags: Apple Inc, LGBTQ+, telecommunications