The inevitable has finally happened. Most of us know that Steve Jobs’ health is a concern for him to play a major role as Apple’s CEO and his resignation is bound to happen soon. Well it finally did as Jobs stepped down from his post today and recommended Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, to replace him as CEO.
Back in 2004, Jobs underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer and Tim Cook took the reins while Jobs recovered. Same thing happened in early 2009 when Jobs took a leave of absence letting Cook handle Apple’s day to day operations. Today, the move is permanent. Apple’s enigmatic figure is no longer CEO but he will still be with Apple as Chairman of the Board.
We will surely miss the guy with the black turtleneck headlining Apple events, showing off their latest toys and making people believe in it. I think he’s the one responsible for elevating Apple high above the pedestal in the consumer electronics industry. The most recent major impact he made was to let people believe in the viability of the tablet when the iPad was released two years ago.
Here’s Steve Jobs’ 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.
It really won’t be the same with Jobs but I hope Cook will make a fine replacement now that the move is permanent. Let’s see how it goes in Apple’s Fall Event next month.