Steve Jobs to take medical leave of absence but remain Apple CEO

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
For the second time in two years, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs will take a medical leave of absence from his company, but the company co-founder will remain CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions, he said on Monday.



Apple issued a press release on Monday that included a note from Jobs that was sent to all of the company's employees. In it, Jobs revealed that Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will again take over the company's day to day operations.



"At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health," Jobs wrote. "I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company."



The CEO said he believes that Cook will do a "terrific" job for Apple as he has done in the past. Cook's job as interim CEO during Jobs' previous medical leave of absence in 2009 recently earned him $59 million.



"I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can," Jobs wrote. "In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy."



Cook assumed the role of interim Apple CEO from January to June of 2009 so that Jobs could recover from liver transplant surgery. During that time, he oversaw the launch of several key products, most notably the iPhone 3GS.



Jobs returned to Apple in June 2009 after he received a liver transplant. In 2004, he also underwent surgery to address pancreatic cancer.



Jobs has long maintained that he believes his health is a private matter, a fact reiterated in Monday's note to employees.



The announcement comes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S., a holiday on Wall Street where markets, including the NASDAQ, where AAPL trades, is closed. The news was also delivered a day before Apple is set to announce its quarterly earnings after the market closes on Tuesday.







Jobs' latest leave of absence comes after Apple's greatest calendar year ever, with the company selling more Macs and iPhones than ever before. 2010 also saw the introduction of the iPad, Apple's touchscreen tablet that has taken the technology industry by storm.



The importance of Jobs in his company's success was highlighted over the last year by numerous publications: Barron's declared him the world's most valuable CEO, while MarketWatch named him CEO of the Decade, and the Financial Times gave him the title Person of the Year.



Jobs was also listed as one of Time magazine's "People Who Mattered" in 2010, and a photo of the chief executive adorned the cover of the magazine when the iPad first launched in the U.S. in April.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 253
    Oh no.
  • Reply 2 of 253
    God Bless....speedy recovery.
  • Reply 3 of 253
    mr. hmr. h Posts: 4,698member
    I find myself worried and saddened at this news. Not sure if we'll see Steve back at Apple ever again



    Anyway, really hope I'm wrong.
  • Reply 4 of 253
    povilaspovilas Posts: 473member
    "OMG Applew is doomed" comments may start now.
  • Reply 5 of 253
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 1,894member
    Cruel irony that the best decade of his professional life has been such a struggle to just stay alive.



    I hope he just does whatever he has to in order to take care of himself. Perhaps he should consider giving up "day-to-day" responsibilities permanently, and purely focus on strategic / QA duties.
  • Reply 6 of 253
    Get well soon Steve.
  • Reply 7 of 253
    Get well, Steve. Praying.
  • Reply 8 of 253
    I hope he gets better soon. I wish him nothing but the best.





    On a not unrelated note...Guess I should have sold at $345 a share. Wont see those levels again for six months probably. Wonder how bad the drop will be. $290?
  • Reply 9 of 253
    Hope you feel better soon, Steve.
  • Reply 10 of 253
    iliveriliver Posts: 299member
    Not good.

    May he get a full recovery and return to Apple as Apple is Steve as Disney was Walt and Ford was Henry.
  • Reply 11 of 253
    bilbo63bilbo63 Posts: 285member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Blastdoor View Post


    Cruel irony that the best decade of his professional life has been such a struggle to just stay alive.



    I hope he just does whatever he has to in order to take care of himself. Perhaps he should consider giving up "day-to-day" responsibilities permanently, and purely focus on strategic / QA duties.



    I agree, good idea.
  • Reply 12 of 253
    Something is seriously up to force him to leave again, especially since it's said he's a workaholic.
  • Reply 13 of 253
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,113member
    Stock buying opportunity coming...
  • Reply 14 of 253
    Best wishes, Steve, for comfort and family support.
  • Reply 15 of 253
    Not sure how you can run a company with the second largest market cap and expect your life to be "private".
  • Reply 16 of 253
    This has to be expected to some degree, if you know anything about the kind of situation Steve is in. Money can buy you a lot but it can only help you fight cancer, it can't cure it.



    Focussing on his health for a while makes total sense. I would also be happy to hear that Steve was relinquishing day-to-day running of the company, esp. if he was still able to maintain a key roll in taking big company decisions. Trouble is, there's always going to be a fair amount of stress involved in taking BIG decisions at Apple. Stress and cancer are not good bed-fellows. So I guess, Steve's level of involvement will very much depend on the advice he takes and how he feels he can cope with the stress.



    My very best wishes to Steve and his family.
  • Reply 17 of 253
    I would hate to see him pass away so young.

    I did read though that he is a bastard to the nth degree. Apple makes cool stuff but I heard Apple is a nightmare company to work for.
  • Reply 18 of 253
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,266member
    Get well soon.
  • Reply 19 of 253
    Take care!
  • Reply 19 of 253
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,266member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by maccherry View Post


    I would hate to see him pass away so young.

    I did read though that he is a bastard to the nth degree. Apple makes cool stuff but I heard Apple is a nightmare company to work for.



    YOu heard wrong.
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