Tim Cook, CEO of global technology giants Apple, visited Ireland’s second city of Cork today where the company has its European headquarters. Apple have been located at their Irish base for a number of decades from which they have managed their operations in Europe and worldwide.
Mr. Cook visited the Hollyhill facility in Cork where he oversaw a recently completed extension to the Cork plant and addressed staff and outlined the company’s plans, their position in the world market and about their rivals in the smartphone and tablet market including Samsung
There are approximately 4,000 employees working at both the Hollyhill and Half Moon Street facilities in Cork. Mr Cook succeeded the legendary Steve Jobs as the driving force behind the world’s most valuable company. A live telelink was made to the offices on Half Moon Street so staff there could listen to his address.
The Irish Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, was also in attendance to meet with Mr Cook and observe the newly completed extension that was added to the Hollyhill plant. It is understood the Taoiseach’s visit to Cork was timed to coincide with Mr Cook’s trip to Ireland.
This was the first visit by Cook to Ireland since he became CEO of the company. It is understood he visited Cork more than ten years ago as a senior executive with the company.