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Tim Cook was appointed CEO in 2011 when Steve Jobs stepped away from the company as his health worsened. Cook was handpicked by Jobs to be his replacement, having served as a close friend of Jobs during their entire career together.

A graduate of Auburn University with a degree in industrial engineering, Cook earned his Masters from Duke University’s School of business. Prior to joining Apple, Cook spent 12 years at IBM, then served as the Chief Operating Officer of Intelligent Electronics. He then had a short stint at Compaq.

Cook first joined Apple in 1998 after being recruited by Jobs. Cook remarked in a commencement address at Auburn University that, five minutes into his interview with Jobs, he knew he wanted to join Apple. “My intuition already knew that joining Apple was a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for the creative genius,” he remarked.

At Apple, Cook started out as senior vice president of worldwide operating. He served as interim CEO in 2009 while Steve Jobs was on medical leave. In 2011, Cook again stepped in to lead day-to-day operations while Jobs was ill, before ultimately being named CEO permanently just before the death of Jobs.

Cook has been very outspoken on a variety of social issues, including the need to protect user data and privacy, as evident by his vocal refusal to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino gunmen. Cook has also voiced his displeasure with controversial legislation that enables LGBT discrimination in a handful of states in the United States. Likewise, Cook has frequently called on the United States Congress to pass LGBT protection legislation. He became the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company in 2014, as well. Cook has led Apple in the San Francisco Pride Parade in recent years.

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Tim Cook Stories November 21

Tim Cook hit Las Vegas this weekend to attend a pair of big events on Friday night. The Apple CEO was in the audience alongside Mark Zuckerberg and James Corden at opening night of Adele’s residency at Caesars Palace. He then headed down the strip to XS Nightclub at the Wynn for a Diplo concert, where he was given an important job to do while on stage…

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Tim Cook Stories November 18

At the FIRST Inspire 2022 Gala, Brian Tong got the chance to interview Apple CEO Tim Cook who shared about his own education, one of the most impactful lessons Steve Jobs taught him, how he approaches remaining calm, and more.

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Tim Cook Stories November 14

Amid reports of a broad hiring freeze at Apple, Tim Cook joined CBS News for an interview this week to explain the company’s thinking. In the interview, Cook confirms that Apple has slowed down hiring and also addresses its controversial return to in-person requirements.

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Tim Cook Stories October 27

Apple’s fiscal Q4 earnings are out and while the company saw another record for revenue, there were some slight misses on expectations. CEO Tim Cook shared more details on what challenges the company is seeing like trying to keep up with iPhone 14 Pro demand.

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Tim Cook Stories October 24

Bono memoir reveals the story behind the free U2 album debacle (and U2 iPod)

A memoir by Irish singer-songwriter Bono reveals the story behind the free U2 album debacle, which saw both Apple and the band become the butt of jokes on social media, as well as the subject of considerable anger toward both parties …

Tim Cook Stories October 3

As part of his trek through Europe, Apple CEO Tim Cook has paid a visit to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. Details about what exactly the two discussed during the visit are unclear, but there was a “private audience” in attendance, according to the Vatican.

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If you have the dream of working for Apple, you can’t get much more help than the company’s CEO telling you exactly what the company looks for when hiring.

Tim Cook says that they seek out five traits, and have found that a very good formula when it comes to new hires …

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Tim Cook Stories September 30

As he continues his travels through Europe, Apple CEO Tim Cook has sat down with the Dutch news outlet Bright for an interview. As we’ve come to expect from interviews with Tim Cook, there’s a focus on augmented reality, the importance of people learning to code, and climate change.

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Tim Cook Stories September 29

When people travel to Italy, usually they try local pasta, gelato, or visit beautiful museums. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, in his Eurotour, just picked up a Master’s degree in Innovation and International Management at Università Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.

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Tim Cook Stories September 28

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been on a whirlwind of a trip through Europe over the last several days, making pit stops in the UK and Germany. Through his travels, Cook has been joined by a number of different Apple executives and visited Apple Stores, an Apple chip lab, and had some fun along the way.

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Tim Cook Stories September 27

Yesterday, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook met the class of all-female founders at the company’s first Foundations program in the UK. As he shared on Twitter, “these developers are on their way to making and achieving extraordinary things.”

While doing so, Cook also gave an interview to the BBC where he said that there’s “no good excuse” for the lack of women in tech, and later teased an AR future.

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Tim Cook Stories September 15

Execs from four tech giants were called before the Senate Homeland Security Committee yesterday. The Senate questioned Meta, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter on safety, privacy, misinformation, and more.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was also seen in the building, but he did not appear before the committee …

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Tim Cook Stories August 25

Less than two weeks before the iPhone 14 event, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave an interview to Popular Mechanics. He talks about the company’s innovations, privacy as a fundamental human right, Steve Jobs, and more. Here are the highlights.

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Tim Cook Stories July 28

Apple on Thursday announced its fiscal 2022 third-quarter results, which beat estimates with record numbers. During a call with investors, Apple CEO Tim Cook once again said that he doesn’t rule out acquiring large companies, but that Apple will never buy a company without having a strategic plan.

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Apple has posted its Q3 earnings this afternoon, just beating estimates with $83 billion in revenue for the quarter. Speaking to CNBC, CEO Tim Cook shared thoughts on doing business in the current economic conditions, expectations for growth during the September quarter, and more.

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Tim Cook Stories July 8

As reported earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook is attending the Sun Valley Conference this week in Idaho, often referred to as a “summer camp for billionaires.” While we rarely learn much about what goes on at Sun Valley each year, a fun Friday story this year is that Tim Cook has been spending some time checking out the Rivian electric truck and SUV.

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Tim Cook Stories July 4

Sun Valley 2022 – a conference which has been described as ‘summer camp for billionaires’ – includes Apple CEO Tim Cook among the invitees. Both Cook and Apple Services head Eddy Cue attended last year’s event.

With a heavy attendance from the media sector, one key focus is expected to be the future of streaming video, with some speculating that Netflix could be an acquisition target for at least one of the companies attending …

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Tim Cook Stories June 22

Apple CEO Tim Cook is once again teasing the AR future the company has been working on for these past few years. In an interview for a Chinese publication, Cook says he “couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities in the space,” and asks customers to “stay tuned.”

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Tim Cook Stories June 10

Apple CEO Tim Cook has penned a letter to United States lawmakers today, calling for the passage of new federal privacy legislation in the United States “as soon as possible.” Cook, who has been meeting with lawmakers in Washington DC this week, says that Apple “stand[s] ready to assist in this process in the days ahead.”

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Tim Cook Stories June 9

A Tim Cook privacy-focused interview at the Time 100 Summit focused on why the issue matters so much to Apple’s CEO.

Cook was last month named one of the Time’s 100 most influential people of 2022, when we also learned that he would speak at the summit …

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Tim Cook Stories May 27

Five senators are urging Apple and Google to prohibit apps from gathering data that could target those seeking abortions. According to CNET, the group of senators are worried the data could end up in the hands of authorities.

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Tim Cook Stories May 26

Apple CEO Tim Cook has donated $100,000 to help his alma mater’s band program to purchase new instruments for students. Cook has a special connection to the group as he was a trombone player in Robertsdale High School’s band in Alabama.

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Tim Cook Stories May 23

The TIME 100 most influential people of 2022 list has been published, with Apple CEO Tim Cook listed first in the Titans category.

Tim Cook is featured on one of five different covers, and his entry was written by Steve Jobs‘ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs

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Tim Cook Stories May 18

The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Pham Minh Chinh, has met with Tim Cook at Apple Park. During his visit to the United States, Chinh stopped at other Silicon Valley tech giants like Intel and Google. The purpose of this visit was to reach out to US tech companies with the hope they’ll bring business to Vietnam.

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