Cook assumed the highest-profile job in Silicon Valley in late August when his iconic predecessor, Steve Jobs, stepped down as Apple CEO. An acclaimed operations guru and key Apple insider, questions were nonetheless asked about Cook's ability to drive the company's innovation engine.
|Apple CEO Tim Cook.|
Since his appointment Cook has certainly been busy, overseeing the launch of the iPhone 4S, the new iPad, and most recently, the iOS 6 operating system and a MacBook refresh. Apple's legion of fanboys, however, are still eagerly awaiting the iPhone 5 and the much-hyped Apple TV.
Clearly comfortable pushing Apple in a new direction, Cook also reversed Apple's dividend strategy earlier this year, announcing the company's first payment since 1995.
The CEO has also been a much more visible public presence than his predecessor, indicating greater levels of transparency. Amid mounting criticism of its Chinese manufacturing partners, for example, Apple announced special voluntary audits of its final assembly suppliers, most notably Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu.
Apple shares have climbed more than 52% since Cook became CEO.
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--Written by James Rogers in New York.