Steve Jobs is resigning from his position as CEO of Apple. In a letter dated today (August 24) sent to Apple’s board and to the “Apple community,” Jobs said that he would like to remain as “Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.” He also wrote:
“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 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.”
Jobs had surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004 and a liver transplant in early 2009 and has been officially on indefinite medical leave since January, though he has appeared to announce new Apple products. It is “not clear,” says the New York Times, how much Jobs “has been involved in the company’s day-to-day operations recently.”
Apple has confirmed that COO Tim Cook is to replace Jobs. Cook took over Apple’s day-to-day activities during Jobs’s absence in 2009.
We at Care2.com wish Jobs the very best and thank him for his innovative work which has — certainly in our household — made a difference for many people’s lives.
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