It’s tough not being Steve Jobs. Because for Tim Cook, his successor as CEO of Apple, it means everything he does gets compared inevitably to Jobs. Investors appear to be happy with Cook’s performance thanks to the dramatic rise in the company’s stock price since he took over, as do employees. But what about the people who ultimately decide his fate, the board of directors? Well, Cook got a very big and public thumbs up from one board member on Wednesday, former Vice President Al Gore, who called Cook’s short chief executive track record “brilliant.”
Apple’s CEO was named to the TIME 100 this year, and Gore wrote Cook’s introductory blurb for the magazine. Here’s how he praises him:
Fiercely protective of Jobs’ legacy and deeply immersed in Apple’s culture, Cook, 51, has already led the world’s most valuable and innovative company to new heights while implementing major policy changes smoothly and brilliantly.
He has indelibly imprinted his leadership on all areas of Apple — from managing its complex inner workings to identifying and shepherding new “insanely great” technology and design breakthroughs into the product pipeline.
Of course, Gore, a long-time member of Apple’s board, is likely also aware that Cook’s success casts a favorable light on the board itself.