Apple on Friday named Tim Cook its chief operating officer and announced the retirement of iPod chief Jon Rubinstein.
âTim has been doing this job for over two years now, and itâs high time we officially recognized it with this promotion,â said Steve Jobs, Appleâs CEO. âTim and I have worked together for over seven years now, and I am looking forward to working even more closely with him to help Apple reach some exciting goals during the coming years.â
Cook will continue to be responsible for all of the companyâs worldwide sales and operations, and will continue to lead the companyâs Macintosh Division. In addition, he will work closely with Jobs and the executive team to lead Appleâs overall business.
Apple also announced that Jon Rubinstein, Appleâs senior vice president of the iPod Division will retire on March 31 and be succeeded by Tony Fadell. Fadell will report to Steve Jobs and take over all aspects of iPod engineering.
âIâve worked with Jon for over 15 years, and weâre going to miss him. Jon has done an excellent job as a member of Appleâs senior management team, as well as building our world-class iPod engineering team and running our hardware engineering team prior to that,â said Jobs. âTony has been doing a superb job running a large part of the iPod engineering team, and weâre expecting a very smooth transition.â
Cook joined Apple in 1998 as senior vice president of Operations, and was promoted to executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations in 2002. His responsibilities were expanded to include leading Appleâs Macintosh Division in 2004. Before joining Apple, Cook was a vice president at Compaq and also spent 12 years with IBM. Cook earned an M.B.A. from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University.
Fadell joined Appleâs iPod Engineering team in 2001 and was promoted to vice president of iPod engineering in 2004. Prior to joining Apple, Fadell worked at Philips Electronics. Prior to his work at Philips, Fadell was a hardware and software architect at General Magic. He graduated with a BS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1991.