Tim Cook doesn't fear failure, plus 11 other facts you didn't know about Apple's CEO
When you think about Apple you automatically think of Steve Jobs, however Tim Cook, the tech giant’s current CEO is also an incredibly impressive businessman and character. Following in Jobs shadow, Cook is often perceived as the second best man for the position of CEO, however many investors, critics and Apple employees think otherwise.
Manufacturing Global takes a look at the man now in charge of the most influential technology company in the world and unveils 12 things you probably didn’t know about him, until now.
- Cook’s first job was a paper round in his home state of Alabama.
- He studied industrial engineering in college and wanted to be an engineer.
- Cook attended Auburn University and during that time helped manage his first company, Reynolds Aluminum, alongside its president.
- He had his eye on the top job at Apple from day one. According to Mashable, Cook “broke with tradition for operations executives at the company and requested to have a small office kitty-corner next to Steve Jobs' office.” Few people thought much of it at the time but later looked back at it as an indication of his ambition.
- Cook referred to himself as the Attila the Hun of inventory.
- During the course of his career Cook has been offered the position of CEO at both Dell and Motorola. He declined both offers.
- According to reports Cook has a fierce management style (potentially gleaned from his predecessors approach to people management). He is known for grilling employees by asking the same question repeatedly and then waiting for long periods of time for an answer.
- Cook makes the effort to call his mother every week, even when travelling around the world on business.
- His parents never owned or indeed used a computer.
- He is very frugal both as a manager and in his personal life. Cook lived in a rental apartment for years without air conditioning and, apparently, buys his underwear at Nordstrom's half-yearly sale. As a manager, he is described as someone who “would haggle over a nickel to drive profits.”
- Cook is said to ‘shy away’ from employees on the ground, and uses a separate gym. However as CEO, he does sometimes eat lunch with employees in the Apple cafeteria, something Jobs rarely did.
- Cook claims to not have a fear of failing. “If you start fearing things, then you don't try anything new or different,” he once said in an interview with his alumni magazine. “If it doesn't work out, it's not the end of my world. I'll go ride my bike.”
Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.