Apple’s Cook Eyed for GM CEO Slot

| Rumor

The rumor mill broke from its Apple tablet computer frenzy over the New Year weekend to offer up something new: Apple COO Tim Cook may be General Motor's first choice for a new CEO, according to Silicon Alley Insider.

Apparently an anonymous source contacted SAI to say "I don't know if [Tim Cook] has been contacted yet but he is the top candidate that Spencer Stuart has identified as the next CEO of GM. I have an inside source at Spencer Stuart."

Mr. Cook already has some CEO experience since he took over as Apple's boss for several months while Steve Jobs was out on medical leave. That doesn't, however, mean he's ready to give up his position as the company's COO, or that he's willing to walk away from Apple to run GM.

Without anything more than an anonymous statement, this rumor seems like something of a stretch, but it does make for at least a momentary diversion from the flood of Apple tablet rumors.



Who in their right mind would want to work for GM with Congress looking over their shoulder. One fired, one quit…..... in the words of Forest Gump’s mother: “Stupid is as Stupid does”

Fahrenheit 451

This would be the biggest mistake of Cook’s career, unless he really wants to commit suicide. There is nothing to save at GM. The cultures of the two corporations are night and day. If you have dealt with Spencer Stuart, you know they are a loser group too.

Brian Z Jones

This might not actually be that bad.

The cultures are not that different - Steve jobs is a control freak, and GM had a stiff top-down culture. This may be what Cook is looking for - to head his own ship, and get out from under Jobs.

As opposed to the AT&T guy (still a basic phone company after how many centuries?), someone from the tech sector, with notoiously fast turn-around of new product, is exactly what GM needs.


Lee Dronick

Who in their right mind would want to work for GM with Congress looking over their shoulder.

The chance to make a name for himself. If he turns GM around then he is a hero, if it goes down further in flames then then the it was like that when he got there. Maybe the board at GM is realizing that it is way past time to think outside of the box and bring in someone who can make that happen.

Laurie Fleming

That would be ironic. Cook becomes CEO; Chris Liddell, ex-CFO from Microsoft is the current GM CFO and vice-chairman.


With Pat Russo on the GM board - GM is a definite to sink.

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