updated 02:20 am EST, Sat January 2, 2010
COO allegedly tops list from executive search firm
Apple COO Tim Cook allegedly tops the list of potential candidates for General Motors' CEO position, an anonymous source has told The Business Insider. The source claims the executive search firm Spencer Stuart has placed cook as the "top candidate" to fill the lead position at the struggling car company.
"[Interim GM CEO Edward E. Whitacre] wants the candidate to come from a company known for operational excellence, innovation and customer satisfaction and in addition he is looking for someone that has turnaround experience," the source said, allegedly citing an insider at Spencer Stuart.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster last year claimed Tim Cook may now be as crucial as Steve Jobs to the future of Apple. The COO has been considered a driving force in the company's transformation during the late '90s. Cook was also trusted with filling in for Steve Jobs during his absences for cancer surgery in 2004 and a liver transplant in 2009.
Despite rumors that Spencer Stuart is eyeing Cook for the top spot at GM, he is not expected to depart from his current role at Apple. The executive has proven attractive to other companies in the tech sector, with several job offers in the past two years from Motorola and Dell.