Steve Jobs – The Scoop on his Resignation
35 years ago Steve Jobs founded Apple out of his garage. Yesterday, he took leave from his position as CEO. But rest easy, Jobs is in no way getting out of Apple completely. He has now become Chairman of the Board. Tim Cook, the obvious choice, will replace Steve as CEO.
Steve submitted this letter as his official resignation.
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.
Obviously, this was a difficult yet necessary decision for Jobs. However, he will continue to contribute to the success of the brand he resurrected from the dead in 1997. I’m sure that Tim Cook will work closely with Steve for quite some time to make the transition as seamless as possible.
Here are Tim’s thoughts as he takes over one of the most influential companies today.
I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.
Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve’s ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.
I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.
I love Apple and I am looking forward to diving into my new role. All of the incredible support from the Board, the executive team and many of you has been inspiring. I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.
Steve’s authorized biography written by Walter Isaacson comes out November 21st and will include a more detailed look at Steve’s resignation. Isaacson is said to still speak with Steve regularly and is currently working on the final chapter to the book.
Those who have followed Steve in the past year, know he has had health problems. The resignation is no shock, however Apple fans are undoubtedly sad to see the face of the company move to a more private role.