Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple
Big news from Silicon Valley (where they grow all the computers): Steve Jobs has officially resigned as the CEO of Apple Computers. In his over 30-year reign as the CEO of Apple Computers, Steve Jobs has single-handedly (with the help of his company, of course) revolutionized the world of computing technology, and some of his most innovative ideas have come in the past two years or so, while Steve has been away on medical leave and his army of geniuses has been doing most of the heavy lifting.
Steve Jobs has been battling health issues since 2004, when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His cancer was surgically removed. In April, 2009, Jobs received a liver transplant due to a hormone imbalance. Since then, Steve Jobs has taken frequent medical leaves of absence, leaving his Head of Sales and Operations, Tim Cook, at the Apple helm. Yesterday, however, Steve Jobs released a letter officially announcing his resignation and recommending Cook (who’s been running things for two years anyway) as his successor. Although Jobs will no longer be running the day-to-day operations at Apple, he will still serve an important advisory role on the Board of Directors, so rest assured that Steve Jobs’ (er, Tim Cook’s?) world-changing ingenuity and technological innovation will not be leaving us any time soon. Here’s the resignation letter Steve Jobs released yesterday:
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
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