Jeff Williams (born c. 1963) is Apple's chief operating officer under CEO Tim Cook, a position he has held since December 2015.. Benjamin Ling, who was at the time identified as Tim Cook’s lover, is Asian American. As you all may already know, in October 2014, Tim Cook came out that he was proud. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014. news spread virally once he officially announced his lover to the world through the Chinese and Taiwanese media. Williams joined Apple in 1998 as head of worldwide procurement and in 2004 he was named vice president of Operations. Biography. Tim Cook was born Timothy D. Cook in the small town of Robertsdale, Alabama, on November 1, 1960.

Benjamin graduated from Standard University with a Master’s and PhD in Computer Science. Apple CEO Tim Cook was the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to come out as gay in 2014 and he says he does not regret the decision to shed his privacy. A pple CEO Tim Cook says he felt a “tremendous responsibility” to publicly come out as gay. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Before joining Apple, Cook worked at former rival IBM for 12 years.