Tim Cook says Apple CEO succession plans are ‘very detailed’
Tim Cook has revealed that Apple has “very detailed” succession plans when the time comes to replace him as the company’s CEO, but he also said he has no intention of going anywhere just yet.
In a 45-minute interview for the BBC Sounds podcast Dua Lipa: At your service Cook, who was hosted by singer Dua Lipa, admitted that he did not know how long he would stay at Apple.
“I love it,” he said, recalling his 25 years with the company. “I can’t imagine my life without being there, so I’ll be there for a while.” However, when asked if there was any succession plan at Apple, Cook continued:
“We are a company that believes in working on succession plans, so we have very detailed succession plans. Because something unpredictable can always happen. I could pull up to the wrong curb tomorrow. I hope it doesn’t happen, I pray it doesn’t happen.”
Dua Lipa: “Can you say who’s in the line of succession?”
“I can’t say that, but I would say that my job is to prepare a lot of people to be able to succeed, and I really want that person to come from within Apple, the next CEO. So that’s my role: that there’s a lot of tasks for the board to choose from.” “
In the wide-ranging interview, Apple CEO described a day in the life of Tim Cook, shared his experience growing up in a blue-collar family in Alabama, and the arc of his career that eventually led him to Apple.
The 63-year-old also discussed Apple’s environmental sustainability efforts, as well as his thoughts on excessive smartphone use, the value of cooperation and equal representation, philanthropy, and the promises and perils of artificial intelligence, generative AI, and “life.” “Change” the potential of large language models. You can watch the full interview on YouTube.
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