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Apple COO Tim Cook Up For GM CEO Position?

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Anyone that can fill in for an icon like Apple's Steve Jobs in a pinch is a person that knows how to get things done right. And now the Internet is abuzz with talk that Apple COO Tim Cook might be the next CEO at General Motors.

The news is still utterly unofficial and speculative, but as Silicon Valley Insider, the initial propagator of the talk of Cook's candidacy, it does make sense. Apple is all about maintaining an image while delivering good products, and GM desperately needs a new image to match its products.

Before you get your hopes too high for the General, however, be aware that the information comes from an anonymous tipster speaking with an insider at Spencer Stuart, the executive headhunting firm GM tasked with the search for the next CEO back in December.

If Cook is eventually picked for the job, he'll replace interim CEO Ed Whitacre. Whitacre will retain his position as Chairman, where he'll no doubt continue to stir things up among the upper ranks of GM's management.

[Silicon Valley Insider via MacDailyNews]

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Comments (4)
  1. Apple would do everything in their power to ensure Cook stays on with them. They know he is the best person for Jobs’ role when he steps down, whether thats in 12 months or 12 years, Apple will do everything they can to keep him.
    It just depends on whether Cook is willing to wait for the Apple position, or whether he wants to lead another big company right away.Only time will tell, I guess.
     
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  2. I'm not convinced... Being a part of the exec team at Apple would involve a really heavy involvement in product design and development, something that I don't imagine that the CEO of GM would get to do very much. My thinking is that he will stay with Apple, and will become their CEO in the next 4-6 years when Jobs steps down.
     
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  3. If Apple ever devolves back into the still creative but scatter-brained Apple of the early 1990's, trying to do too many things at the same time because the money was there, Apple will slowly become irrelevant, again. I think Tim Cook, like Steve Jobs, is a perfectionist, so he won't let that happen. If he does become CEO, he'll just approach the task from a different direction.
     
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  4. Hi Guy's,
    If it really was a Mac then technically there shouldn't be any pedals, just one big multi-touch area. One foot for the gas, two for the brake.
     
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