As I am sure you have heard, Steve Jobs has officially resigned as CEO of Apple and the Board named former COO Tim Cooks as the new CEO.
Here is the official resignation letter Jobs sent to the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
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 will remain chairman of the board of directors. The quick naming and confirmation of Tim Cook as CEO indicates there will be a smooth transition within the Apple company.
The Apple board of directors released a press release yesterday (August 24) naming Tim Cook the new CEO, as well as making a statement in regards to Jobs’s leadership and vision within the company over the years.
“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”
The board went on to say they have complete confidence in the new CEO, Tim Cook.
What are your thoughts on the resignation of Steve Jobs and the newly appointed CEO Tim Cook? We wish Mr. Jobs all the best in the future and continued recovery.