Tim Cook is set to receive an award from Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar later this month “in recognition of the iPhone maker’s 40 years of investment in Ireland,” according to IDA Ireland.
Cook is scheduled to meet with Irish officials in Dublin on January 20.
Apple has a strong relationship with Ireland, although recently plans for a new $1 billion data center were scrapped, and Apple’s relations with the country were criticised when the European Commission found that Apple received illegal state aid from Ireland.
Ireland is home to Apple’s European headquarters. Apple has been in Cork for over 35 years and now directly employs 6,000 people throughout Ireland, with plans announced for a new campus to be build to provide space for an additional 1,400 employees.