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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 Yesterday

US President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook met for dinner on Friday night. In an interview with reporters, Trump said the pair discussed the impact of tariffs on Apple’s business.

Cook reportedly argued that it would be hard for Apple to pay tariffs on its Chinese-assembled products, because many of its competitors do not have to pay the same level of tariffs, namely Samsung, whose manufacturing is mostly located in South Korea (via CNBC).

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Tim Cook Stories August 8

Tim Cook meets with US Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz at Apple Park

Tim Cook today met with Admiral Karl Schultz, the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. The two met at Apple Park, with Shultz sharing a picture from the visit on his Twitter account.

Tim Cook Stories August 5

Tim Cook calls for bipartisan action after two mass shootings in 24 hours

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for bipartisan action on the problem of gun violence in the US after two mass shootings in the space of 24 hours over the weekend…

Tim Cook Stories July 30

Apple last week confirmed its $1 billion acquisition of Intel’s modem business, and Tim Cook today offered additional commentary on the deal during Apple’s investor call. Cook touted the size of the acquisition, as well as the benefits it will provide to Apple.

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Tim Cook Stories July 4

Apple’s restructure to accommodate the departure of Jony Ive led to some concern that Apple wasn’t giving design quite as high a profile in the past – amid claims and counter-claims about the run-up to it.

There is no direct replacement for Ive as head of design, and instead of the hardware and software leads reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook, they are reporting into COO Jeff Williams.

But this shouldn’t be cause for concern; quite the opposite …

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Tim Cook Stories July 1

The Wall Street Journal yesterday published an intricate report detailing how Jony Ive’s role at Apple had evolved since the launch of the Apple Watch. In a rather unprecedented move, Apple CEO Tim Cook has responded to that story — calling it “absurd” and saying it doesn’t “match with reality.”

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