Time Magazine may have opted for U.S. President Barack Obama as their "Person of the Year" for 2012, but Apple CEO Tim Cook made it as a runner up. And with good reason says the venerable publication.
Although we often forget this little considered fact, Cook is the first CEO that Apple has had since the company was founded who got the job "without blood on his hands."
“Each time,” Cook admits, “the way that the CEO was named was when somebody got fired and a new one came in.” The current boss, however, ascended to the big chair after the death of a man who rose to iconic status in the modern tech world - the late Steve Jobs.
"He inherited the most valuable company in the world from one of the greatest innovators in history. In 2012 he made Apple his own," the article reads, acknowledging that Cook's leadership has been steadfast, strong, and capable of inspiring investor confidence.
Cook has gone about his business apparently unintimidated by his role as successor to one of the greatest innovators in history. Cook’s record hasn’t been flawless, but he has presided in a masterly way over both a thorough, systematic upgrading of each of the company’s major product lines and a run-up in the company’s financial fortunes that can only be described as historic.