Steve Jobs Calls In Sick

Apple CEO and pancreatic cancer survivor Steve Jobs announced he’s taking a medical leave of absence. He’ll retain his title and remain involved in major decisions, but the COO will take over day-to-day operations.

The Washington Post quotes a letter Jobs wrote to employees:


At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.


Jobs took a similar leaves in 2004, when he battled cancer, and 2009, when he underwent a liver transplant.

The Steve Jobs persona is a major part of what drives the Apple brand. If you’re an Apple devotee, what does it mean to you that he’s not hands-on?

Apple’s Steve Jobs takes medical leave, remains CEO [The Washington Post]