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BLOG: Steve Jobs resigns, be sad, be optimistic

Jonny Evans | Aug. 24, 2011
Friend or enemy; Apple lover or hater, we've reached a break in the road, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has had to resign his position and while he remains a director of the fruit-flavored computer company, it's time to consider life without Jobs.

Friend or enemy; Apple [AAPL] lover or hater, we've reached a break in the road, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has had to resign his position and while he remains a director of the fruit-flavored computer company, it's time to consider life without Jobs.

Tripping with Jobs

Life with Jobs has been a trip, really. After all, we don't know if it is time itself or just the nature of how the world evolves the intelligences it grows on itself, but sometimes there is a moment, a happening, a change event, or even a series of such events. Sometimes it is an idea, or a conduit to an idea, or an idea of an idea or even a man full of ideas. One such man is Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who friends and enemies alike should surely acknowledge as a person who has changed things, shifted the envelope and augmented the reality we live in today. This is how it has been so far.

Explaining his decision, Jobs wrote in an letter published by the company today:

 

"Letter from Steve Jobs
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.

Just join the dots

As expected, COO Tim Cook has been named as new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.

“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.”

 

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