Just as Bill Gates did with Microsoft in January 2000, although under different circumstances, Apple CEO does today August 24, 2011. In a letter to to the board of directors and the Apple community, Apple head Steve Jobs relinquished his title of chief executive officer and will take a position as chairman of the board and Apple employee. The writing has, unfortunately, been on the wall for some time.
Steve Jobs has taken two leaves of absence since a cancer scare in 2004 and has looked awfully bad in recent appearances for the tech company, however, any exact reasons for leaving are to remain a secret other than a mention that he is no longer able to perform his duties as CEO. Here is the open letter:
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.
Although I may have never seen eye to eye with how Mr. Jobs handles customers and his business, one thing is sure: Apple would not be where they are today
without Steve’s reemergence as head of Apple back in 1997. I’d not like to sound morbid as Job’s is certainly still alive and plans seem to be to continue to work closely with Apple, I would be amiss to neglect mentioning the impact he’s had on both Apple’s products and competitor’s products as well.
Perhaps no single company has been more important to its industry than has Apple for the last few years, so it is a shame to see Jobs feel it necessary to step down as head of Apple, but he leaves the reigns to capable hands in former COO and now officially CEO Tim Cook. We wish Steve Jobs the best of luck with his health and hope to see him handling his chairman duties via a Windows 8 PC very soon.