You probably know the CEO of Apple to be Tim Cook but I can bet you don't know much fact about him. No worries, we will share with you 10 facts about him.
- Tim Cook's first job was delivering newspapers as a teenager — the Press-Register, a publication in his home state of Alabama. He also worked part-time with his mom at a local pharmacy.
- His first experience running a company came while he was still in school at Auburn University. While working at Reynolds Aluminum as part of an educational program, the company laid off much of its staff. He ended up working closely with the president to help oversee the company.
- Cook wanted to be an engineer. He studied industrial engineering in college and was described by one teacher as "a solid B-plus or A-minus student."
- Cook may have had grand ambitions to be rise to the top from his first days at the company. He broke with tradition for operations executives at the company and requested to have a "small office kitty-corner" to Steve Jobs' office. "Few people thought much of it at the time," Kane writes, "but they would later look back at it as an indication of the new leader's ambition."
- Cook reportedly referred to himself as the "Attila the Hun of inventory."
- Over the years, recruiters have approached Cook with offers to serve as the CEO of other big tech companies like Dell and Motorola. He never budged.
- Cook can be nearly as devastating in his dealings with staff as his predecessor Steve Jobs. He isn't one for small talk. Instead, he grills employees by asking the same question over-and-over, or else waiting silently for long periods of time for a satisfactory answer, all while nursing a can of Mountain Dew or an energy bar. On one occasion, he calmly told a planner: "Your numbers make me want to jump out that window over there."
- Cook called his mother every week even when he was traveling around the world to handle issues with Apple's supply chain. (Extra fact: his parents never used computers.)
- He is very frugal both as a manager and in his personal life. Cook lived in a rental for years without air conditioning and, apparently, buys his underwear at Nordstrom's half-yearly sale. As a manager, he is described as someone who "would haggle over a nickel to drive profits."
- Cook shied away from personal dealings with employees and worked out a different gym. However, as CEO, he does eat lunch with random employees in the Apple cafeteria, something Jobs rarely did.
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