Tech's Second-Best CEO in 2013: Apple's Tim Cook

This is the second in a series of three video in which Fool contributor Daniel Sparks highlights the CEOs in tech he believes did the most notable job in 2013. In the first, Daniel identified Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer as the third-best CEO in tech. Who gets second place? Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) CEO Tim Cook, Daniel says.

Why? As the CEO of the world's most valuable publicly traded company, Cook has a tough job. His greatest competitor is the law of large numbers. Apple has set an incredibly high standard across several different product categories, and the company's reach is global. Growing the business from this point, therefore, isn't easy. But in 2013, Cook managed to not only grow the company's revenue, but also to stabilize declining gross profit margins -- all with its existing product lines.

To find out more on why Daniel thinks Cook did a top-notch job in 2013, check out the following video.

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  • Report this Comment On December 22, 2013, at 12:17 PM, interdyne wrote:

    To learn whtat the Law of Large Numbers actually is and not what is implied in this piece read:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_large_numbers

  • Report this Comment On December 22, 2013, at 1:18 PM, gametv wrote:

    tim cook always gets compared to steve jobs, but i wonder if steve jobs would have been so great if tim cook had not been running the business all those years as COO? ideas and innovation are important, but execution is even more important. apple is poised at the center of the transition to mobile and personal computing, it is really their ball game to lose. 2014 will be the year apple releases not one but at least 2 new iphone 6 models, creates new store formats and starts massive expansion of the store base (driven by new burberry exec), creates new wearables, gets ibeacons into nearly every store and launches a digital wallet, launches a ipad pro that can replace the pc for some workers and expands the number of markets where carriers subsidize the iphone. and 2013 comps will be easy to beat, since it was a down year. all that adds up to increasing revenue and profit growth, and a higher p/e ratio on higher profits. leading to a 1,000 share price within 18 months.

  • Report this Comment On December 22, 2013, at 3:06 PM, johnestromjr wrote:

    Yahoo's Marissa Mayer shouldn't be on the list - in my opinion. For many conservatives Yahoo is a leftist bulletin board. Every article has a heavily leftist slant. Those Mayer and her minions don't like can't post. Marissa Mayer is a leftist and Yahoo is staffed by a bunch of leftists. Conservatives should read the slanted, biased articles from Yahoo to be aware of this company. They're as bad as Barack Hussein Obama.

  • Report this Comment On December 22, 2013, at 3:21 PM, wealthwmaurie wrote:

    Hey John!!! bla bla bla bla....you at least define yourself as an un-American hater of anyone who disagrees with you. I won't waste my time defending free speech but I am wondering how many times you actually turn from Fox News to Yahoo. Not many I imagine.

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