Philip Elmer-DeWitt blogs for Fortune, “With fresh concerns about [53-year-old Apple CEO Steve Jobs’] health following his gaunt appearance at the World Wide Developers Conference two weeks ago, it’s fair to ask: who’s on that executive team — and which ones have a shot at ruling Apple once Jobs leaves (even if he exits years from now and not for health reasons)?”
“There are 11 men in all — not counting Jobs. A handful are familiar faces to the small community of professional Apple watchers. As far as the general public is concerned, they are invisible, hidden in the long shadow cast by Apple’s high-profile CEO,” Elmer-DeWitt writes.
“Some seem more qualified to step into Jobs’ shoes than others, but judge for yourself,” Elmer-DeWitt writes. “Here they are, as listed on the company’s Executive Profiles web page, in rough order of their chances of succeeding Steve Jobs.”
• Timothy D. Cook, 47: Chief operating officer
• Tony Fadell, 38: Senior vice president, iPod division
• Ron Johnson, 49. Senior vice president, retail
• Philip W. Schiller, 47: Senior vice president, worldwide product marketing
• Scott Forstall: Senior vice president, iPhone software
• Jonathan Ive, 41: Senior vice president, industrial design
• Peter Oppenheimer, 45: Chief financial officer
• Bertrand Serlet, 47: Senior vice president, software engineering
• Sina Tamaddon, 50: Senior vice president, applications
• Daniel Cooperman, 56: Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary
• Bob Mansfield: Senior vice president, Mac hardware engineering
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