Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Good Bye Steve

The letter from Steve to his employees:


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 wish Steve Jobs the best and hope for a full recovery, but I can't help feeling the old boy took on a fight he can't win. He just looks like hell and hasn't looked well in a long time and I have to wonder if he's known all along and was waiting for the right time to bow out.  Steve is Apple Inc, and I can't imagine Apple without him. All I can say is get well Steve, and we'll see you when you come back. 

Thank you for reading this blog. 


Jim Fryar said...

Bloody hell Right Guy, this is the first visit I have made to your site and this post was a shock until I saw the date on the top.

Steve is a guy I very much respect.

The Right Guy said...

In retrospect, Steve was a lot more sick than he had let on and that we knew. I am a computer professional with over 15 years Mac experience and I have been using the platform for 22 years. I like Steve too even though politically we would have our differences. I wish him a long life.

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