Since Cook rarely makes public appearances to talk about Apple, every word he utters—and every name he drops—is a huge deal.
In his keynote presentation, Cook took the time to tout the excellence of his executive team.
"When I look around the executive team table, I see superstars," Cook said. "I see people who are at the very top of their game. I see people like Jony Ive, who's the best designer in the world. He's now bringing his talents to our software as well. I see people like Bob Mansfield, who I think is the top silicon expert in the world. Jeff Williams, there's nobody better in operations anywhere. I see Phil [Schiller] and Dan [Riccio] and Craig [Federighi] and I see all of these guys who are so focused on product and at the very top of their game, and it's a privilege to be a part of that."
If he mentioned Eddy Cue, head of Internet services, we missed it—but since Cue just got a big promotion last fall, taking over some of ousted executive Scott Forstall's duties, we're pretty sure he's in Cook's good graces.
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