Apple announced that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be taking a medical leave to take care of his health. This is the second time Apple CEO Steve Jobs is on medical leave of absence. Earlier in January 2009, Steve Jobs took six month leave of absence to focus on his health.
Steve Jobs did not specify how long he will be on leave. However, he had wished to be back to the helm as early as possible. Just like last time, Apple announced that Tim Cook will be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations, in the absence of Steve Jobs. Here is the text of email sent to Apple employees from Steve Jobs announcing the leave of absence.
At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.
I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.
I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.