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Tim Cook has been at Apple for 23 years and the CEO for the last 10 years, but on the question of him still being at the company in another decade, the answer is “probably not.”
That’s the answer Cook gave to Kara Swisher in the latest episode of The New York Times Sway podcast. Swisher asked Cook, “Are you going to be at Apple 10 more years?” To which Cook responded, “10 more years, I probably not [sic]. But I can tell you that I feel great right now. And the date’s not in sight. But 10 more years is a long time and probably not 10 more years.”
CEOs are not usually encouraged to talk about leaving ahead of time, especially in a publicly-traded company. But Cook is 60-years-old, making another decade of work seem both unrealistic and undesirable. Who wants to be working at 70, after all?
Swisher continues by asking what he’d do if he wasn’t running Apple. Cook responds by saying, “I don’t have a clue, because I love this company so much, that it’s hard to imagine my life without it … And so I don’t think I will know that until after I’m not here. Because I think I’ll run so fast that I’ll never really think about it until I’m not running anymore. Does that make any sense?”
As Bloomberg reported last year, Apple’s management team is well aware a succession plan is required and already in the works. If it were to happen soon, the smart money would be on Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams taking over, but there’s a wealth of talent spread across Apple’s different departments that could step up in the coming years. Ultimately, though, it’s up to Tim Cook to decide when he’s done, and that could be next year or several years from now.
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