Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named the ‘CEO of the Year’ by CNN Money following on from his recent naming as the runner-up in the ‘Person of the Year’ award granted by TIME. Cook was also recently named ‘Person of the Year’ by the Financial Times, too.
Citing a 40% increase in share prices as part of the reason for the award, CNN Money justified its decision by also noting that Cook has overseen the highly successful launches of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus while proving that Apple can in fact innovate with the announcement of the Apple Watch, even if it doesn’t go on sale until some undetermined time next year.
Clearly aware that judging eyes are already very much upon Cook, CNN Money said that Cook "had to convince skeptics that Apple can still innovate after the death of Steve Jobs. He’s proven all the naysayers wrong." It’s true that in the years following the death of Steve Jobs many had expected Apple to suffer something of an identity crisis but Cook’s strong stewardship has seen that it is now his Apple that lives on rather than that of Jobs.
Other tech CEOs made the CNN Money list but were ultimately beaten out by Cook. The likes of Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and T-Mobile’s colorful John Legere were given honorable mentions but ultimately fell short for a variety of reasons.
In the end none of these lists really mean a great deal in the grand scheme of things, but being the CEO of Apple does have its unique challenges and opportunities, so we suspect Cook will be pleased to have beaten out some of his bigger tech-related competition.
Now that’s out of the way though, how about getting that Apple Watch out the door? Some new MacBook Airs wouldn’t go amiss either.