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Steve Jobs Leaves CEO Role

Steve JobsSteve Jobs, the founder of Apple, has decided to step down from his role as chief executive of the technology company. The 56-year-old has been suffering from health issues since 2004, when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He also underwent a liver transplant two years ago. His CEO position will be filled by veteran chief operations officer Tim Cook, but he will remain chairman of the firm. Cook has been the acting chief executive since the founder went on medical leave this past January.

The creator of the iPhone, iPod and iPad said in a letter of resignation that he has always said he would be the first to let the company know if he couldn’t meet his expectations and duties as the chief executive of Apple. He strongly recommends that they execute their plan for succession and make Cook his replacement. He didn’t give any details about why he made the decision to resign now.

Co-lead director Art Levinson, also the chairman of Genentech, says that the board is completely confident that Cook is the right person to be the next chief executive of Apple. He has worked with the company for 13 years now, and has had outstanding performance with a demonstration of remarkable sound judgment and talent in all he does.

Jobs is one of the modern computer industry’s founding figures. After starting the company in 1976, he was ousted as its boss in 1985. However, he returned ten years later to rescue the firm from collapsing. Saving the company and having a hand in the creation of so many popular products is probably his greatest achievement.

Upon arriving at work yesterday, Cook sent a letter to all the company’s employees to tell them that nothing will change now that he’s at the helm. He said that he is looking forward to this amazing opportunity with Apple, the most innovative business in the world. Joining the company was the best decision he’s ever made, and it’s been a lifetime privilege to work there and for Jobs, who has been a great mentor and leader, these last 13 years.

Cook continued that he wants the staff to be confident Apple will stay the same, explaining that he celebrates and cherishes the unique values and principles at the firm. Jobs built a culture and business that is unlike any other, and they are going to stay true to that. They will continue making the best products the world has seen, delight consumers and make workers feel very proud of what they do, he added.

The change has sent a shockwave through Apple fans across the globe, but it seems that there’s no reason for them to worry. Jobs will still be with the company, just not doing quite as much within it, while he also appears to have a lot of confidence in leaving Apple in the hands of Cook.

 

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