Apple CEO Steve Jobs Goes on Indefinite Medical Leave

By Channel Insider Staff

Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced Jan. 17 in an e-mail to Apple employees that he'll be taking another medical leave of absence to focus on his health.

Jobs didn't offer any details about his health, or how long he plans to be on his board-sanctioned leave, but he wrote that he'll continue to act as CEO and be involved in "major strategic decisions for the company." During his absence, however, COO Tim Cook will be responsible for the company'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," Jobs wrote. "I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can."

Almost exactly two years ago, Jobs, who in 2004 successfully battled pancreatic cancer, sent a similar letter to the "Apple community," saying that his weight loss and poor health in 2008 were due to a "hormone imbalance." However, a few days later, on Jan. 14, 2009, Jobs sent out a second letter saying that his health issues were "more complex than I originally thought." He added that curiosity over his failing health was a distraction to him and his family, as well as to everyone at Apple, and so he planned to take himself "out of the limelight" to focus on his health, and "allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products."

In the second letter—during which Cook was likewise put in charge of operations—Jobs said that he'd be back at the end of June. After his return, it was revealed that in April he'd received a liver transplant in Tennessee, a state where the wait time for an organ transplant is far shorter than in Jobs' home state of California.

 For more, read the eWeek article: Apple CEO Steve Jobs to Take Open-Ended Medical Leave.


This article was originally published on 2011-01-18