I haven’t been doing much blogging lately, but this is way too big not to make note of. Today, Steve Jobs formally resigned his position as Apple’s Chief Executive Officer. Wow!
Steve’s resignation 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 he has maintained an active role with Apple, Steve has been on medical leave since January (2011). Given his ongoing health issues, we all knew this day could come, but it was no less shocking when I read the news today. Apparently Steve’s resignation as CEO, his election to Chairman of the Board, and Tim Cook’s election to CEO all take effect immediately. The full press release is available, here.
This is so sad! Take care of yourself, Steve. All our best go out to you and your family.