Thursday, January 15, 2009

Steve Jobs Takes A Leave Of Absence.

On January 14th Apple released a press statement that Steve Jobs was stepping down as CEO of Apple and taking a leave of absence due to his medical state. Later that day Jobs sent out an email to Apple imployee's to inform them of his plans to return in June:

Team, I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June. I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple's day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan. I look forward to seeing all of you this summer. Steve

I can't really say this move surprises me, with Apple's recent announcement to pullout of Macworld and for Phil Schiller to present the last keynote instead of Jobs, something was definitely going on. Jobs had a battle with Cancer in 2004 and let's hope that's not rearing it's ugly head again. Let's hope Jobs has a quick recovery, and gets back to making the worlds great electronics.


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