As the current CEO of Apple, Tim Cook has led a remarkable career. A businessman, engineer and developer, he has worked at Apple since 1998 and is credited for the company's recent successes. Tim's expertise includes such important industries as cybersecurity and manufacturing, a testament to his leading influence. As the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to come out as homosexual, and a vocal advocate for female representation, Tim uses his platform to promote business inclusion at events.
After being approached by Steve Jobs in 1998, Tim jumped at the chance to join Apple. He made a swift progression through the company, thriving in numerous roles as Senior Vice President for worldwide operations, Lead Operations and Chief Executive. In 2011, Steve Jobs stepped down as company CEO due to poor health, and Tim replaced him. From humble beginnings as a graduate of Auburn University in 1982, Tim then became the CEO of a multi-billion dollar technology company.
Tim’s running of the company has been praised by many people, due to the way he has harmonised and stabilised the organisation following the unfortunate passing of Steve Jobs. In 2012, only a year after he accepted the role of CEO, he was named on Time Magazine’s List Of 100 Most Influential People In The World. Tim has also increased the amount of money that Apple gives to charity, by pledging his entire stock fortune in the donation, to the value of nearly $800 million.
Sitting on Nike's board of directors, Tim offers his expert opinion and makes calculated decisions on issues within the company. He is also a trustee of Duke University and a member of The National Football Foundation, two positions that reflect Tim's internationally respected influence. His recent work with Apple has allowed the company to strengthen its cybersecurity measures, and make its daily practices more sustainable.
Tim’s humorous and likeable personality, coupled with his incredible knowledge of the corporate world, makes him a speaker unlike any other. Whether at after dinner events or technology conventions, audiences flock to hear his predictions of future trends. With a story like Tim's, it is no surprise that his popularity has let him travel all over the world, including Tulane University's commencement event in 2019 and at the World Internet Conference in China in 2017. Favouring innovation, intuition and data-driven insights, Tim is an event-defining speaker.