Can Tim Cook fill Steve Jobs’s shoes?

February 23, 2011

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Apple COO Tim Cook stepped firmly from behind the tech company’s curtain and onto the center stage that has been the virtual sole  domain of his famously inventive boss, Steve Jobs.

Jobs, Apple’s legendary CEO, is taking an indefinite medical leave and that has many pundits wondering, what’s next?

Jobs is more than just another executive. He is the creative power behind market- and even culture-changing products like the iPod and iPad. Much of Apple’s success can be directly attributed to its charismatic chief.

So what happens if he’s no longer in the picture?

Cook isn’t exactly new to Apple, or to the tech industry — he spent considerable time at IBM and Compaq before joining Apple in 1998. He’s been with the company long enough that there’s no doubt he can handle the top job, a role he is already doing in Jobs’s absence.

This Reuters newsmaker on Cook sheds some light on his background and history with the company but it’s fair to say that Jobs has faith in Cook, after all he did give Cook the number two job.

But what about Apple’s fans and customers? If you like Apple and its products, do you think Cook is the man to fill Steve’s shoes — even temporarily?

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