Time Magazine is out with its annual “100 most influential people” list, and this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook has made the cut (again).
In an entry penned by congressman John Lewis, Cook’s “grace and courage” as chief executive officer of the most valuable company in the world is praised, and Apple’s “greater social responsibility” under Cook’s direction is also highlighted. Lewis writes:
It could not have been easy for Tim Cook to step into the immense shadow cast by the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. But with grace and courage and an unabashed willingness to be his own man, Tim has pushed Apple to unimaginable profitability – and greater social responsibility.
Here, Lewis references Cook’s recent work as an advocate for equality; at Apple, the CEO led the company towards topping the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index last year, and a bill aimed at barring LGBT discrimination in Cook’s home state of Alabama was named after the executive back in December. He also made a “generous” donation to Project One America, an LGBT equality foundation, in the same month.
In his entry, Lewis also celebrates Cook’s dedication to the development and implementation of renewable energy sources at Apple. Greenpeace frequently praises Cupertino’s efforts in this area, and several of Apple’s data centers run on 100 percent renewable energy. Of course, this isn’t the first time Cook has featured on Time’s list; he received recognition from the magazine in 2012, also.
Jony Ive, on the other hand, didn’t make this year’s list, but he did pen an entry for Brian Chesky: CEO of Airbnb. Ive said of Chesky, “his obsession with detail and practicality doesn’t confine or compromise his dreaming but rather makes what could so easily be noble but abstract ideas functional and real.”
Here’s the full list: Time, “The 100 Most Influential People.”
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