Apple’s dynamic CEO, Mr. Steve Jobs has sent out an email to all Apple employees informing them about his medical leave of absence. The visionary Steve Jobs would like to now focus on his health and for the time being he is granting Tim Cook, Apple COO the permission to manage day-to-day operations. He would continue to be the CEO and would still be involved in all major decisions during his absence.
Here is the email sent out by Steve -
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.
We wish you the very best of luck, Steve and hope to see you back at Apple really soon. Without you, Apple would lose its dynamism.
This is what the New York Times has to say about the issue – “Mr. Jobs suffers from immune system issues common with people who have received liver transplants and, as a result, his health suffers from frequent “ups and downs,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it. In recent weeks, Mr. Jobs began a down cycle and slowed his activities at Apple, the person said. Mr. Jobs has been coming to the office about two days a week, and appeared increasingly emaciated, the person said. He frequently lunched in his office, rather than in the company cafeteria, the person said.”