hile being Apple CEO might seem like job enough, Tim Cook is getting a new side gig in China.
Cook has been appointed chairman of the advisory board for Tsinghua University’s economic school. Located in Beijing, Tsinghua is one of China’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning. Cook will reportedly hold the role for the next three years.
The board is traditionally filled with Chinese bigwigs and government officials along with prominent foreign execs like Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Jamie Dimon. Cook himself has been serving on the board since 2013. He is replacing Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital fame as chairman.
Cook’s promotion comes as Apple has been accused of increasingly kowtowing to the wishes of the Chinese government in an effort to salvage business in its third-largest market.
After complying with government regulations and removing the New York Times app, VPNs, and Skype from its China app store several years ago, Apple recently removed an app that allowed Hong Kong protesters to track police movements.
Cook comes often to China. In 2017, he was the keynote speaker at the “World Internet Conference” in Wuzhen where he declared that his company shared the conference’s vision of “developing a digital economy for openness and shared benefits.”