Steve Jobs is taking medical leave of absence to concentrate on his health, but will remain as Apple CEO for major strategic decisions. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will take over the company’s day to day operations.
In 2004, Jobs underwent surgery to address pancreatic cancer. And from January to June 2009, he took similar absence for a liver transplant surgery. During the absence in 2009, Tim Cook was assumed the role of interim CEO.
We wish Steve Jobs a speedy recovery to good health.
At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.
I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.
I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.