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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 August 11

Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Donald Trump met for dinner last night, according to a tweet from the president. While details of the meeting are unclear at this point, it’s likely that tariffs were a central point of conversation…

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Tim Cook Stories August 7

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down recently with Fast Company to talk about the growth and changes in the music industry. Cook’s comments are buried in a broader piece on Spotify’s future now that it has gone public…

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Tim Cook and Eddy Cue met before pulling InfoWars podcasts, believe app not in violation

New details have surfaced over how Apple made its decision to pull five podcasts from Alex Jones and InfoWars from its directory. According to CNN’s Dylan Byers’ newsletter, the decision was made at the top of Apple — including the choice to leave the InfoWars app intact.

Tim Cook Stories July 29

As expected, Tim Cook was in attendance at the 2018 Loveloud festival yesterday. Loveloud is dedicated to “ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities.”

Cook took the stage right before Imagine Dragons, offering brief words of advice to those in attendance before introducing the band…

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Tim Cook Stories July 27

President Trump again today incorrectly claimed that Apple is planning to build “new plants” in the United States. As noted by Business Insider, Trump made the comment during a speech in which he was touting the economy’s growth…

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Tim Cook Stories July 25

Tim Cook to speak and introduce Imagine Dragons at Loveloud festival this weekend

Tim Cook will be speaking at the 2018 Loveloud festival in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend. The event, sponsored by AT&T, will see a host of speakers and big name artists take the stage like Imagine Dragons, Zedd, and much more.

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