Not much is known about Apple’s inner circle other than Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Phil Schiller, but newly anointed COO Jeff Williams might just be the company’s CEO in waiting. Aaron Pressman:
Apple CEO Tim Cook didn’t stray far from his own image on Thursday when he promoted Jeff Williams to be his top lieutenant. The newly named chief operating officer has been called “Tim’s Cook Tim Cook” and even a clone of Cook.
Both men trained as engineers, got business degrees from Duke University, spent time early in their careers at IBM and then joined Apple on the operations and manufacturing side. Both men are also known for their sharp memories, attention to detail — and height.
Williams has been the company’s de facto COO since Cook took over for Steve Jobs in 2011. The real question that should be asked, and answered, is who is Steve Jobs’ vision heir?