As CEO and a member of the board of directors, Tim Cook is overseeing a company-wide effort to use 100 percent renewable energy at all Apple facilities and has helped improve conditions for workers who make the company’s products. He has encouraged his co-workers to give to charitable organizations in their community and initiated a program at Apple to match employee donations. Apple has given millions of dollars to the American Red Cross to assist in disaster relief around the world and is the largest corporate donor to (RED), providing over $130 million to the fight against AIDS in Africa.
Before being named CEO in August 2011, Cook was Apple's chief operating officer and 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. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.
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, he 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.
In 2014, Cook was named Person of the Year by the Financial Times and he was ranked #1 on Fortune magazine’s 2015 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. Apple was ranked #1 on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for the past ten years, including each year Cook has been CEO. He was a Fuqua Scholar at Duke, where he earned an M.B.A., and holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University.