TIME is no stranger to lists, and Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, is no stranger to making a name for himself on most of those lists.
So, it should not come as a surprise that Cook has been named to the publication’s most recent list, the “Top 20 Most Influential People in Tech Right Now.” Cook managed to earn the fourth spot on the list, with the number one spot going to Tesla’s Elon Musk.
But, in a brief profile of Cook and Apple, TIME had this to say:
“As CEO of Apple, one of the world’s most valuable brands, Tim Cook has nearly unmatched influence over the technology world. Anything Apple does is bound to be copied by a seemingly endless number of rivals, meaning his choices will reverberate far beyond One Infinite Loop. Today, Apple is rumored to be experimenting with everything from advanced artificial intelligence to augmented reality and self-driving vehicles. Given Apple’s role as tastemaker extraordinaire, how Cook decides to move forward with any one of these projects will shape the future of the consumer technology landscape.”
But that isn’t the only member of Apple’s executive team to make the list. This year, Jeff Williams, Apple’s “second-in-command,” earned the 17th spot in the list of 20 individuals that are making the biggest impact in the tech industry right now. Here’s what the publication had to say about Williams:
“CEO Tim Cook may be the public face and chief decision maker at Apple, but Jeff Williams is second in command. An Apple veteran who’s been with the company for nearly 20 years, Williams is often referred to as “Tim Cook’s Tim Cook.” He was named chief operating officer in late 2015, a post previously held by Cook, and has been overseeing Apple’s entire supply chain since 2010, no small task given the complexity of the company’s hardware operations. Williams also oversaw development of the Apple Watch, the company’s first new product category during the Cook era and a sign he’s closely involved with new projects.”
Finally, in the top 5 spots, here’s who made the cut:
You can check out the full Top 20 list through the source link below.
What do you think of TIME‘s picks?