“As Tim Cook becomes more comfortable on center stage as Apple Inc.’s CEO, the public is starting to learn more about how past events shaped the intensely private man,” Tim Higgins reports for Bloomberg.
“Cook, who told [The] George Washington University’s graduating class over the weekend to fight injustice, drew on his experience growing up in 1970s Alabama of Governor George Wallace, where he saw firsthand segregation and the trampling of human rights,” Higgins reports. “Cook shared how his first trip to the U.S. capital left a lasting impression on him. It came after winning an essay contest at age 16 and shaking hands with Wallace, a vocal advocate for segregation, at an awards ceremony. ‘I shook his hand, as we were expected to, but shaking his hand felt like a betrayal of own beliefs, it felt wrong, like I was selling a piece of my soul,’ Cook said.”
“The remarks add more color to an otherwise sparse picture of Cook, who was Steve Jobs’s behind-the-scenes deputy for years,” Higgins reports. “While Cook took on a more public role when he became CEO in 2011, he has recently become more vocal and assertive about revealing details about himself. Here are some things we’ve learned about Cook during the past year.”
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