Compaq VP named chief of Apple's worldwide operations

Apple Computer has poached a top executive from Compaq to become its senior vice president of worldwide operations. Timothy Cook, ex-vice president of corporate materials at Compaq, is making the switch from the Windows-Intel world to the Apple camp effective immediately. Cook will be responsible for heading up Apple's worldwide activities, which include global product procurement, supply-chain management, manufacturing and distribution. He will report directly to Apple's interim CEO, Steve Jobs -- then to a permanent CEO once the company finds one

Apple Computer has poached a top executive from Compaq to become its senior vice president of worldwide operations.

Timothy Cook, ex-vice president of corporate materials at Compaq, is making the switch from the Windows-Intel world to the Apple camp effective immediately. Cook will be responsible for heading up Apple's worldwide activities, which include global product procurement, supply-chain management, manufacturing and distribution, Apple said in a statement. He will report directly to Apple's interim CEO, Steve Jobs -- then to a permanent CEO once the company finds one -- and will also be a member of the company's executive team, Apple said.

At Compaq, Cook was responsible for procuring and managing all of the company's product inventory, according to Apple. Before taking his post at Compaq, Cook was chief operating officer of the reseller division of Intelligent Electronics. He also spent 12 years at IBM Corp. where he was in charge of manufacturing and distribution division of IBM's PC division in North and Latin America, Apple said.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.apple.com/.

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