- Associated Press - Thursday, August 25, 2011

NAME: Timothy D. Cook

AGE: 50

EDUCATION: Graduated from Auburn University with an engineering degree and earned a master’s in business administration from Duke University.

CAREER: Joined Apple Inc. in 1998 as senior vice president of worldwide operations and has been credited with tuning Apple’s manufacturing process to solve chronic product delays and supply problems at the time. He rose through the ranks to become chief operating officer in 2005.

Ran Apple temporarily in 2004 and 2009 when CEO Steve Jobs took a medical leave of absence. Took that role again in January when Jobs went on an indefinite leave. Named CEO on Wednesday after Jobs resigned.

Before Apple, Cook worked briefly as vice president of corporate materials for Compaq Computer, now part of Hewlett-Packard Co. He had previous executive roles at Intelligent Electronics from 1994 to 1997 and International Business Machines Corp. from 1983 to 1994, most recently as director of North American fulfillment.

He is also a director at Nike.

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