Steve Jobs has resigned today as CEO of Apple Corp. In a letter to Apple’s Board of Directors, Jobs recommends the appointment of Steve Cook as new Apple CEO, and requests to remain as Chairman. Apple’s board has already approved the request, effective immediately.
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.
Steve Jobs has been on medical leave since January of this year, his third leave of absence for medical reasons since he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. He underwent surgery for the cancer that year, but had another health scare in 2009 when he underwent a liver transplant in Memphis, TN.
Tim Cook has been acting-CEO of Apple since January.