Al Gore Gives Tim Cook Thumbs Up

Despite constantly being compared to his predecessor Steve Jobs, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook was given a vote of confidence Wednesday by one big investor on the company’s board — former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Since Cook’s takeover, there has been a dramatic rise in the company’s stock price, and both investors and employees seem pleased.

Apple’s CEO was named to the TIME 100 this year, and Gore wrote Cook’s introductory paragraphs:

“Fiercely protective of Jobs’ legacy and deeply immersed in Apple’s culture, Cook, 51, has already led the world’s most valuable and innovative company to new heights while implementing major policy changes smoothly and brilliantly.

He has indelibly imprinted his leadership on all areas of Apple–from managing its complex inner workings to identifying and shepherding new ‘insanely great’ technology and design breakthroughs into the product pipeline.”