Tim Cook is in India and he is mixing business with pleasure, and spirituality. The CEO of the $233 billion Apple Inc., on his maiden India trip, started his day early on Wednesday with a visit to the Shree Siddhivinayak temple, shortly after arriving on his private jet from China, where Apple announced a $1 billion investment in taxi-hailing company, Didi Chuxing.
Mr. Cook’s first visit assumes significance as Apple reported its first quarterly drop in global iPhone sales last month, while its India revenues grew by 56 per cent.
Coinciding with the visit, the company announced an iOS mobile app design centre in Bengaluru, intended to support and accelerate the growth of Apple’s developer community.
In addition, Mr. Cook met mobile app developers in Mumbai. After the conversation, he tweeted, “Great to hear from some of India’s top iOS developers today. Innovative apps and many ideas for the future!” He had breakfast with Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, before meeting N. Chandrasekharan, CEO, Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest software exporter.
Later, Mr. Cook joined RIL executives Manoj Modi and Sanjay Mashruwala, MD of 4G venture Reliance Jio, for lunch at Antilia, the Ambani residence. RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani, away in the U.S., was expected to join Mr. Cook for dinner, hosted by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. He also met Sunil Sood, MD & CEO, Vodafone India, India’s second largest telecom services provider.