One former sales executive for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) slammed the chief executive officer, Tim Cook in a recent statement.

David Sobbota

David Sobotta sat down with Dan Lyons Of Read Write Web for an interview about his new Kindle book called “The Pomme Company”, which is all about his twenty-year experience with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).  In the interview, Sobotta claims that Cook isn’t a “people person” and that he doesn’t have the necessary leadership skills to run the company.

Sobotta said, “Tim will react to the numbers or his fear of being wrong quickly. Fear of being wrong is a managerial trait that runs strong and deep in Apple, because of the way Steve ran the company. Even the appearance of being wrong, when in the end you might be right, is dreaded at Apple.”

He also said, “Technology-wise, I think Tim Cook is a lightweight. I never felt passion for technology from Tim like I did from Steve and some of the great engineers.”

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has yet to comment on the negative publicity.

The late Steve Jobs (co-founder and former CEO of Apple) was a legend and a brilliant mind. I doubt that any other individual could replicate his success, but I also believe that Jobs chose Tim Cook for a reason. He had faith that Cook could take over the company and bring them to the next level.

There is no denying that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had a rough year, but that’s not exactly all Cook’s fault. I think the shifting economy and competition is more to blame for some of the issues. Despite these issues, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is still thriving as a company and it looks like they might have their best season yet. People trust the Apple brand and will continue to buy their products. I think Cook has so much to offer and he’s only scratched the surface.