Steve Jobs will take leave of absence from Apple until June, citing health concerns

Wed, Jan 14, 2009


Steve Jobs wrote a letter today informing Apple employees that he will be taking a leave of absence from Apple until June due to a health condition that is more complex than he initially thought.  In his place, Tim Cook will run the day to day operations at Apple.  View the letter from Steve Jobs below:


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 look forward to seeing all of you this summer.




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