1. Tim Cook
Cook has a daunting journey ahead: carry the torch for the world’s best-loved, most valuable technology company following the death of his predecessor, Steve Jobs, an IT executive with a legacy so large and influential it makes the word “iconic” seems insufficient. But Cook’s transition to Apple’s highest office was a smooth one compared to other, far messier CEO transitions under far less difficult circumstances, and he has the respect of Apple’s sensitive investor community and diehard employees alike.
One big question for Cook: Will Apple become a friendlier channel vendor during his tenure, especially given the enterprise appetite for its iPhones and iPads?