By Jeremy Carroll, Crain News Service
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (May 30, 2013) — Lisa Jackson, who led the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) throughout President Barack Obama's first term, has landed a job with Apple Inc.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the hire during an interview at the D11: All Things Digital conference, which is taking place in Rancho Palos Verdes.
"We're thrilled that she's going to be here," Mr. Cook said. "She is going to be coordinating all of [the environmental] activity across the company and looking to take what we're doing to another level."
Mr. Cook said Apple is proud of its environmental record, including being the first electronics company to remove toxins from its products, having extremely energy efficient products and having the largest solar farm of any non-utility in the country.
Ms. Jackson served as head of the EPA from 2009 until shortly after Mr. Obama's second inauguration.
On stage at the conference, Mr. Cook said he forgot what Ms. Jackson's exact title will be, but she'll report directly to him.
"She's a chemical engineer by background, so she'll fit right in with our culture," he said.
This report appeared on the website of Waste & Recycling News, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.