Apple’s new chief executive Tim Cook has built a reputation as a supply chain wizard – not only with Apple but also with IBM and Compaq.
Cook took over as CEO following the announcement by Steve Jobs that he was standing down.
Cook joined Apple in 1998 and in his most recent role, chief operating officer, he 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 is credited with streamlining Apple’s supply chain, reducing inventory and boosting margins.
Before joining Apple, Cook was vice president of corporate materials for Compaq and was responsible for procuring and managing all of Compaq’s product inventory.
He also spent 12 years with IBM, notably as director of North American fulfilment where he led manufacturing and distribution functions for IBM’s Personal Computer Company in North and Latin America.