Scott Forestall

Tim Cook's Tim Cook

September 14, 2011: 6:11 AM ET

Fortune profiles Jeff Williams, Apple's senior vice president for operations

Williams. Photo: Apple Inc.

As Steve Jobs stepped back from his role as Apple's (AAPL) larger-than-life frontman, a handful of senior executives emerged from his oversized shadow: Jony Ive, the soft-spoken industrial design wizard. Phil Schiller, the self-effacing marketing chief. Scott Forestall, the boyish head of iPhone and iPad software. And of course Tim Cook, the man who really ran Apple, now elevated to CEO.

In its Sept. 26 issue, Fortune puts the spotlight on Jeff Williams, the senior vice president for operations that writer-reporter JP Mangalindan calls Tim Cook's Tim Cook.

Below: An excerpt from Mangalindan's profile:

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