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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 drops 43 places in employee approval ratings of CEOs

The latest Glassdoor report on the 100 Highest-Rated CEOs is out, and Apple’s Tim Cook has dropped 43 places to #96 in the rankings – based on employee reviews – only just remaining on the list at all …

Tim Cook Stories June 19

Tim Cook continued his travels across Europe today with a trip to Ireland. The Apple CEO previously made stops in cities like Amsterdam, where he visited with a renowned iPhone photographer.

Cook’s visit to Ireland comes just over a month after Apple canceled its plans for a new data center in the country…

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The New York Times published a profile of Tim Cook and his increasing role as a statesman between President Trump and China over trade policy negotiations. The piece included reporting that cites a source saying the White House does not plan to tax imported iPhones assembled in China, but today a White House advisor has denied knowledge of such an exclusion.

Separately, Tim Cook has publicly spoken out against the administration’s immigration policy of separating families at the border — adding that Apple plans to be a “constructive voice” on the issue. The Irish Times reports that the Apple CEO made the comments during a public appearance overseas:

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Tim Cook Stories June 18

A new profile from The New York Times dives into Tim Cook’s increasingly strong focus on politics, explaining how the Apple CEO “became tech’s top diplomat.” The report dives into Cook’s political relationships, and his role in ongoing trade issues with China…

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Tim Cook Stories June 17

Tim Cook travels to Amsterdam & visits with iPhone photographer Annet de Graaf

Tim Cook traveled to Amsterdam this weekend to explore and experience the city’s “rich history and creative energy.” According to a tweet from Cook, he spent time on the canals with historian Koen Kleijn and iPhone photographer Annet de Graaf.

Tim Cook Stories June 13

We last month saw some excerpts from David Rubenstein interviewing Tim Cook, covering Trump’s trade tariffs, Apple Music subscribers, original content efforts and more.

Bloomberg now has the full 24-minute interview online, along with more clips …

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