Tim Cook

Timothy Donald Cook, Born in Alabama on November 1, 1960, is a Business Executive, CEO of Apple and serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Tim Cook grew up in Robertsdale, Alabama, near Mobile. He graduated from Robertsdale High School and earned a B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University in 1982. He earned his M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1988.

Cook didn’t start out as CEO Though. That Job, had been held by Steve Jobs. Cook has actually been with Apple since March of 1998. He worked his way through the ranks at Apple and eventually succeeded Steve Jobs on August 24, 2011, after Steve’s untimely passing. Prior to 2011, Cook was responsible for all of the Company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries.

Tim Cook has received for a long time, the biggest salary at Apple: $900,000 dollars (US) a year, without counting his stock options, which represent a benefit of $100 million (US).

Prior to joining Apple, Cook was vice president of Corporate Materials for Compaq and was responsible for procuring and managing all of Compaq’s product inventory. Previous to his work at Compaq, Cook was the Chief Operating Officer of the Reseller Division at Intelligent Electronics. Cook also spent 12 years with IBM, most recently as director of North American Fulfillment where he led manufacturing and distribution functions for IBM’s Personal Computer Company in North and Latin America.

Cooks work habits are voracious. He is described as a workaholic who begins emailing his underlings at 4:30 a.m. each morning and eschews Apple’s famously good cafes for an endless series of energy bars, which he’ll often devour during meetings. The CEO prides himself on being the first into the office and the last one out. At IBM, he volunteered to work in the factory on Christmas and New Year’s day. He expects a similar commitment from others.

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