In an interview with Kara Swisher, Tim Cook refers to his succession. As the interview concludes, Swisher asks Cook if he will be at Apple in 10 years.
Cook says he is probably not at Apple in 10 years, although "his departure date is not in the near future." He apparently did not give any indication of who is ready to replace him as CEO.
There has been a renewed focus on Apple's leadership plans, with the company seeing long-term executives such as Jony Ive, Dan Riccio and Phil Schiller step down from their executive roles over the past two years.
Tim Cook has been with Apple since 1997 and became CEO in 2011 after the death of the company's founder Steve Jobs. Cook celebrated his 60th birthday last year, and of course there is a lot of speculation about how long he will run the world's largest company.
Cook's response seems to suggest that he will remain in office for a while, without specifying a date for his departure. Last year, Bloomberg reported that Apple was increasingly focusing on succession planning with Jeff Williams and John Ternus as CEO candidates.
Here are Cook's answers:
Cook: Ten more years? Probably not. But I can tell you that I feel great right now and my departure date is not in the near future. But ten more years is a long time.
Swisher: What would you do if you didn't run Apple?
Cook: I have no idea why I love this company so much that it 's hard to imagine my life without it. And so I do not think I will know what to do until I am here.
Swisher: Maybe you just took a vacation?
Source of information: 9to5mac.com