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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 24

Apple last week celebrated the opening of The Grove Apple Store in Los Angeles, an “entirely reimagined” version of the store that first opened in 2002. Alongside the cast of Apple TV+ hit Ted Lasso, Apple CEO Tim Cook was also in attendance and joined KTLA for a short interview.

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Tim Cook Stories October 13

Apple CEO Tim Cook spent the day in Utah meeting with developers and visiting an LGBTQ+ resource center. Cook shared some photos from his short trip on Twitter, including a moment with Apple City Creek Center employees.

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Tim Cook Stories October 6

In a new interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, mental health is the focus of the discussion. Cook says that there is currently a mental health crisis, and he believes technology can either help or hinder, depending on how it is used.

Cook also met with the developers of the mental health app Shine, which Apple featured as part of its Best of the App Store awards last year …

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Tim Cook Stories September 29

AAPL stock options have been declared for Tim Cook and five other Apple execs. The SEC filing shows that Cook is in line for more than half a million shares, worth $75M at current value.

Four other execs stand to receive shares worth $20M each, while another is in line for $2.25M …

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Tim Cook Stories September 15

TIME has published its annual list of “The 100 Most Influential People,” and Apple CEO Tim Cook is featured in this year’s list. His profile was written by multibillionaire and Nike cofounder Phil Knight, who says that “character, compassion, and courage” are adjectives that apply to Apple’s CEO.

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Tim Cook Stories August 29

Over the last few years, speculation about who will take over as Apple CEO following Tim Cook has started to grow. Most recently, Cook himself confirmed that he “probably” won’t be at Apple in 10 years’ time.

In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman speculates on the future of the Apple CEO position and says that the belief inside Apple is that Cook wants to stick around “for one more major new product category.”

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Tim Cook Stories August 25

Apple CEO Tim Cook participated in a meeting with President Joe Biden and other executives at the White House earlier today to discuss how companies can improve cybersecurity. As a result, Apple announced that it will create a new program to improve the security of its supply chain around the world.

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Update: Apple did make a security announcement, but only a supply-chain related one.

We learned earlier this week about a potential Tim Cook White House visit to attend a cybersecurity summit hosted by President Biden. Cook’s participation has now been confirmed by a list of attendees shared by an administration official, and could provide an excellent opportunity for Apple’s CEO to drive home the company’s stance on privacy and strong encryption.

A new report today also raises the possibility of a security-related announcement by Apple after the meeting has finished …

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Tim Cook Stories August 23

Apple CEO Tim Cook may soon visit the White House along with current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and other executives in a meeting with President Joe Biden, who wants to discuss how tech companies can improve cybersecurity and prevent online attacks.

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Tim Cook Stories August 20

Tim Cook’s 4 a.m. starts are the stuff of legend. A new interview with Apple’s CEO opens with his explanation of why he’s at his desk by this time.

Alongside a lot of standard interview fare, a former Apple exec is cited declaring that Apple was more magical, more exciting, when Steve Jobs ran the company…

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Tim Cook Stories August 19

Hank Azaria to play Tim Cook in Uber series ‘Super Pumped’ coming to Showtime

Tim Cook will be featured in a new TV show. The Emmy Award-winner Hank Azaria will play Apple CEO in the Uber series Super Pumped on Showtime.

Tim Cook Stories August 15

Haiti is facing another crisis after being struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Saturday, killing at least 300 people and injuring over 1,800. Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted today that Apple will donate money to the country.

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Tim Cook Stories August 4

Bloomberg is out today with its annual Pay Index report covering the year 2020, ranking the compensation of top US executives and CEOs. This year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unsurprisingly comes in at the top, while Apple CEO Tim Cook has fallen to spot No. 8 on the list.

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Tim Cook Stories July 30

In the process of denying he asked Tim Cook to be CEO of Apple during an alleged conversation about a Tesla acquisition, Elon Musk has turned his attention to Apple’s App Store, saying Epic Games is right and that Apple holds a “de facto global tax on the Internet.”

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Tim Cook Stories July 29

More than 90 CEOs, including Apple’s Tim Cook, are urging Congress to pass a law offering a citizenship path to young immigrants brought illegally to the US as children, Bloomberg reports.

In the letter signed by Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Amazon’s Andy Jassy, Microsoft’s Brad Smith, and many others, the CEOs write on behalf of the “recent ruling in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.”

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Tim Cook Stories July 28

Following the breaking news that Google will require employees returning to its offices in October to get the COVID vaccine, Tim Cook has shared that the company is continuing to “monitor things daily” before deciding if that’s “the right answer or not.”

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Tim Cook Stories July 23

Tim Cook meets with prime minister of Spain at Apple Park

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Pedro Sánchez, the prime minister of Spain, at Apple Park in Cupertino this week. The two discussed the “digital transformation” among other topics during the meeting, according to Sánchez.

Tim Cook Stories July 16

Tim Cook says Apple will donate to support flood relief efforts in Western Europe

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Friday that Apple will make a donation to provide aid and relief efforts for regions affected by flooding in Western Europe. In Germany and Belgium, the most affected countries so far, hundreds of people have died due to the severe storms.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has attended a private screening of Ted Lasso season two, ahead of next week’s premiere on Apple TV+.

The screening was primarily for the cast and crew of the hit show, but some press and influencers were invited, and Cook was seen arriving (video below). He appears in promo photos alongside title character actor Jason Sudeikis, as well as with Apple TV heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht …

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Tim Cook Stories July 8

Update July 8, 2021: As reports had suggested, Tim Cook is in fact in attendance at Sun Valley alongside Apple’s SVP of services Eddy Cue. Check out an image courtesy of Daily Mail below the fold.

After a hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Sun Valley Conference is back on this year, kicking off this week in Sun Valley, Idaho. According to a report from NPR, Apple CEO Tim Cook will be in attendance this year alongside the likes of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and others.

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Tim Cook Stories June 15

CEO Tim Cook has highlighted Apple’s new privacy features to European users, with a new video on the Apple UK YouTube channel (embedded below).

Cook tops and tails a six-minute video, which mostly comprises privacy-related clips from WWDC

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Tim Cook Stories June 1

The WSJ has published its annual ranking of CEO pay and compensation packages for S&P 500 companies, and Apple’s Tim Cook only takes 171st place despite AAPL sitting at the top of the index by company worth.

Standard and Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) ranks US companies by market capitalization, putting AAPL in first place with its value of more than 2 trillion dollars …

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Tim Cook Stories May 17

Tim Cook’s testimony in Epic case could be make-or-break – WSJ

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s testimony in the Epic Games case could be make-or-break, suggests the WSJ. A source reports that the company is taking no chances in prepping Cook to take the stand …

Tim Cook Stories April 26

With iOS 14.5, which Apple will release today, iPhone owners will have the option to explicitly choose whether to let apps like Facebook track them across other apps. A new profile from the New York Times today elaborates on how Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook became foes due to Apple’s privacy push.

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