Time has just recently released its list of the top 100 most influential people in the world and that list includes Apple's very own Tim Cook, who replaced Apple's iconic CEO after his death last year.
I must agree, just as Time stated, replacing Steve Jobs would be one of the most difficult things for anyone to do, but Tim Cook has, so far done it, absolutely brilliantly. In fact, Glassdoor recently named Mr. Cook as being the most popular CEO for 2012! Of all of the top 25, the soft-spoken Mr. Cook took the top spot beating out the likes of Ernst & Young’s Jim Turley, Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs and Google’s Larry Page.
Time Magazine described Mr. Cook as being not only soft-spoken, but "... genuinely humble and quietly intense.." and the "... son of an Alabama shipyard worker and a homemaker... " who ".. hasn't missed a single beat. "
Not only has he lead Apple to new heights, but according to Time:
"He has indelibly imprinted his leadership on all areas of Apple — from managing its complex inner workings to identifying and shepherding new "insanely great" technology and design breakthroughs into the product pipeline."
Of course, Mr. Cook is not new to leading Apple, the world's biggest and most valuable tech firm, because he's been there before, running it on several different occasions after Steve Jobs was forced to take several medical leaves of absence. Even though, as Time points out, that he can be very thoughtful, and projects calmness he , "... .. can be tough as nails when necessary. Like the great conductor George Szell, Cook knows that his commitment to excellence is inseparable from the incredible ensemble he leads at Apple. Szell was noted for saying, "We begin where others leave off."
In conclusion, Time itself nails it in their closing, when describing of Mr. Cook, as they wrote:
"Cook's chance has come. What a beginning! "
And that's my 2 cents 4 this dreary, rainy, oh, how I wish I was back in good old Deutschland, Friday, April 20, 2012