Steve Jobs – the computer pioneer who helped revolutionize the way people communicate, do business, and conduct many other aspects of their lives – has resigned as head of the company that had its roots in a garage filled with gadgets and gizmos.
He stepped down as Apple CEO Wednesday
Technologically brilliant. Supremely self-confident. And with an innate business sense that could blow the likes of IBM out of the water. Together, the two competitors were able to anticipate what billions of people worldwide would want even before the public had any inkling of Facebook, Twitter, or Google.
But the time came (as it had for Mr. Gates at Microsoft) when Jobs felt the need to turn over the reins of corporate power at Apple.
Although he had appeared at the launch of the iPad 2 in March and the company’s annual developers' conference in June, Jobs had been on medical leave for months.
In a letter to the Apple board of directors and "the Apple Community" Wednesday, Jobs made his withdrawal from running Apple final and official.
"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,” he wrote. “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,” he continued. “As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name [Chief Operating Officer] 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."
Apple’s directors quickly approved Jobs’ recommendation. Mr. Cook is a 13-year veteran of the company who ran Apple during Jobs’s two medically-related absences.
Apple shares were suspended from trade before the announcement. They had gained 0.7 percent to close at $376.18.