I just heard, as I am sure you have as well, that Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple today. As some of you know, I worked at Apple for over 6 years and have a very fond place in my heart for the company. It is a sad day for Apple and the industry. My thoughts and prayers go out to Steve as he enters a new chapter in his amazing life. I am a firm believer that Steve Jobs was the deciding factor in the turn around of Apple’s fate.
in January this year he took his third medical leave since being diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor. We have all witnessed his weight loss and general loss of health. It is a testament to his strength and conviction to the company that he has filled the CEO role as long and as well as he has. Particularly considering that he was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancers in 2003 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009.
I just want to pause and give credit to the man and the legacy known as Apple that he has created. The Computer, Mobile and Music industries and the world have been irrevocably changed due to his efforts and that of the brilliant team of dedicated Apple employees and equally dedicated Apple loyal customers. Steve Jobs and Apple have raised the bar on every industry that they have entered. Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer will assume the position of CEO and Steve Jobs will become the Chairman of Apple.
My hope is that Steve’s health improves and that Apple continues with its legendary user interface and design work that compels the industries that it enters to higher levels of insanely great products and cloud services.
Here is the letter that Steve Jobs sent out:
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.
Please let me know your thoughts on how this could change the industry.
Post by Warren Raisch – August 24, 2011