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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 June 20

Tim Cook to receive ‘Champion Award’ in recognition of LGBTQ equality efforts

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set be honored by educational organization GLSEN later this year. Cook will receive the Champion Award for his involvement in fighting for LGBTQ rights and equality.

Tim Cook Stories June 19

Tim Cook’s Glassdoor rating, measuring Apple employee satisfaction with his performance, has continued its slide, but he is one of only two CEOs to remain in the top 100 for all seven years.

Glassdoor ranks CEOs based on employee reviews of what a company is like to work for, with one question specifically asking them to rate the company’s chief exec …

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Tim Cook Stories June 16

Following his speech at Tulane University last month, Tim Cook today delivered the commencement address at Stanford University. During the speech, Cook invoked Steve Jobs, talked digital privacy, and much more.

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Tim Cook Stories June 14

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Donald Trump yesterday to discuss trade, US investment, immigration and privacy.

The meeting was initially revealed by the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and confirmed by a White House spokesperson …

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Tim Cook Stories June 5

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that he doesn’t think it likely that the Chinese government will target the iPhone maker in retaliation for Trump administration policies.

The US has imposed 25% tariffs on many products imported from China, and Trump has threatened to extend this to all Chinese imports …

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Tim Cook Stories June 3

Following Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote this afternoon, Tim Cook is slated to appear on CBS Evening News tomorrow. Cook will use the opportunity to talk about Apple’s WWDC announcements, as well as it focus on privacy.

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