from: The Age…
Apple Computer chief executive Steve Jobs said he had successful surgery this weekend to remove a cancerous tumour in his pancreas and that he would spend a month recuperating before returning to work in September.
Mr Jobs, 49, said the form of pancreatic cancer he had could be cured by surgical removal if diagnosed in time, as his case was.
“I will not require any chemotherapy or radiation treatments,” he wrote in an email from his hospital bed to employees of the Cupertino, California-based maker of the Macintosh computer and iPod music player.
The executive vice-president of worldwide sales and operations, Timothy Cook, would run Apple while Mr Jobs recovered, the email said.
Mr Jobs is also chairman and CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, the Emeryville, California-based creator of the award-winning films Finding Nemo, Toy Story and Monsters, Inc.
“Something like this really makes you start to think about how important Steve Jobs is to Apple,” said Enderle Group analyst Rob Enderle. “There’s no path of ascension, no next in line. They need to groom a replacement and make it look like someone is ready and in the wings. It’s just prudent.”
Apple board member William Campbell said that if Mr Jobs’ recovery were to extend beyond September, “the board feels totally comfortable with Tim and the experienced management team we have in place”.
Mr Jobs would continue “to have his hands on the tiller” and be in touch with Mr Cook and other Apple executives while Mr Jobs recuperated, Mr Campbell said.
“I was over there a little bit ago,” he said. “He is awake, alert, energetic, his colour is good. He’s animated and the doctors have said Steve’s prognosis is extremely good.”