Jobs’ leaving Apple?

A sad day for Apple. This gives me cause for concern for the health of Apple as a whole, not just the “core” (no pun intended, Steve Jobs is indeed central to Apple’s recent successes.)

Pancreatic cancer is nothing to sneeze at. It kills people – Maybe not right away, but inevitably it will. I’ve often said that Apple doesn’t seem to have a strategy for the inevitable departure of Steve Jobs, and I am maintaining that position.

I wish Mr. Jobs well… But more realistically I hope for him a painless departure.

Mr. Jobs sent this letter to his employees:


Team,

I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.

Steve


2 comments

    • Baileb on January 16, 2009 at 12:52 am
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    I really don’t agree with that. While there is no single person that can replace Job’s he has done a very fine job grooming the heads of each group with in the company. Jobs does what any very effective leader does.
    He surrounds himself with people that have the basic skill sets and shapes them with the ” Jobs” vision. I would be less than honest if I was not concerned with the future of Apple but I am equally concerned about EMC’s future and the fate of the free world with 2012 right around the corner
    Hey maybe we can figure out a computer bug for that and restart the bubble 🙂

    Bottom line Steve get well and I hope to see ya back sometime mid year!!

  1. I guess my problem with Apple is that after years and years of preaching the evils of Microsoft they are rapidly becoming microsoft.

    That and their deal with AT&T on the iPhone sucks. AT&T is the worst phone service in the world and doing that only cripples their hardware..

    ..unless of course their hardware is already crippled and they decided not to go with Sprint or Verizon because that would only highlight the failings in it.

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