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Apple staff: Tim Cook more administrative, open than Jobs

updated 05:50 pm EDT, Tue November 1, 2011

Apple contacts say Cook changing some parts as CEO

Recently appointed Apple CEO Tim Cook is making some, though not fundamental, changes in the approach to management over the late Steve Jobs, insiders disclosed Tuesday. While he's already known to more actively contact staff, the Wall Street Journal sources also understood that he was overseeing tasks common to CEOs but which Jobs had seldom involved himself with, such as corporate reporting and promotions. Cook is described as more "accessible" and, during Jobs' second tenure, was often an advisor on how to approach the co-founder on a given subject.

The promotion of Eddy Cue to oversee the Internet Software group was one of Cook's first moves.

His biggest change so far has been in the education division. While the group has for years operated somewhat outside of Apple's usual structure, the CEO split the group into marketing and sales sections that were folded into their relevant parts of the company, one of the sources said. Well-known Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller and sales channel VP John Brandon now have more responsibility, while the education lead John Couch talks to Schiller rather than Cook directly.

The change may be one of the few while Cook is in front, according to those who claim to know him. Although not the instigator, he reportedly shares Jobs' view of the importance of product development and of keeping products as secret as possible until genuinely ready to launch. Apple is considered relatively uncommon among other companies its size, many of whom often telegraph product plans months in advance to please corporate customers and shareholders, but which risk both losing anticipation as well as the possibility of changing or cancelling a product before it ships.

By necessity, Cook may have to change how some of the ideas at the company get started. Both Jobs and Cook's associates have said he's "not a product guy" and may leave more of the decision making to the Senior VPs, such as Jonathan Ive. Investors have also hoped for cash dividends and stock buybacks, which Cook is rumored to be considering, although sustained share growth has reduced calls for Apple to directly pay shareholders.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Oct 1999


    Please noooooo!

    No dividends. No buybacks. No schlepping to Wall Street or to shareholders. If Cook is not a "product guy" and is considering any of these other anti-Apple actions, he's not a true Apple guy and whilst good in his former role, maybe he shouldn't be CEO.

  1. Bobfozz

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    Joined: Jul 2008


    Keep the DNA

    When shareholders who know nothing start running the company then Apple will be like everyone else... and the way it has always looked most shareholders know nothing. They should sell their stock to someone who knows how to wait. The vast amounts of $$$ that Apple has enable it to move quickly, not involve banks, and make massive profits because of huge buying decisions. When you see DIVIDENDS being paid, the investors, the ANALysts, and the news media will harp on market share, market share, and being like the LOSERS. Wall Street hasn't fared so well lately, maybe they should copy the Apple model and "man up" for a change. Those guys ONLY have big balls when it comes to spending SOMEONE else's money!

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  1. imNat-imadouche

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    Won't be long

    till Apple falls of the tree and begins to rot

  1. facebook_Robert

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    "not a product guy"

    What else needs to be said.

  1. Salty

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    Joined: Jul 2005


    My Guess

    My guess is that Tim is only considering in order to placate shareholders. He's not going to do anything to weaken Apple's position.

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