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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 October 26

Tim Cook has greeted customers in Milan, Italy, on the iPhone XR launch day. He was at the flagship Piazza Liberty store, which opened in the summer.

Apple’s CEO tweeted that Milan is one of his favorite cities, and that he hopes everyone is enjoying the new iPhone …

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Tim Cook Stories October 24

Following his keynote speech in Brussels this morning, Tim Cook sat down with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour to talk more about his privacy views, offer a rare glimpse at his personal life, and more. Read the details of the Tim Cook interview below.

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We yesterday got a preview of a few elements of Tim Cook’s speech to the 40th International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners.

The full speech is now available as a video, and Apple’s CEO spoke about why privacy, dignity and respect are key issues for the tech industry as well as society as a whole …

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Tim Cook Stories October 23

Tim Cook is slated to give a keynote address tomorrow at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Brussels. Ahead of the speech, TechCrunch offers some details of what Cook will say in his prepared remarks – which include an endorsement of the General Data Protection Regulation and more.

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Tim Cook Stories October 22

Tim Cook is in Europe this week as he prepares for his role as keynote speaker at a data protection conference in Brussels. While his speech at the event isn’t until Wednesday, October 24th, Cook has spent the past several days visiting with app developers and content creators in Berlin and Paris.

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Tim Cook Stories October 19

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Apple CEO Tim Cook has finally broken his silence on the Bloomberg Businessweek report and denies all allegations that the company was a victim of a hardware-based attack.

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