Geeks all over the technoblogosphere are freaking out right now.
Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, sent an internal letter from his Cupertino employees stating that he will be taking a medical leave of absence from Apple until the end of June. The letter reads as follows:
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.
Wow. Which Keynote was it that Steved opened with the fact that he is still healthy? Pretty sure that was this passed summer. This is definitely not good, though I see his point. The only way to take away the worry (not just from consumers, but investors as well) would be to take as much of a precaution to the company as possible. This shows investors and consumers that he cares about the well-being of the company, and himself for that matter.
My thoughts immediately are that this is it. He says the end of June, but I have a feeling in a few months, or maybe closer to June, we’ll be hearing his immediate retiring from the company. I thought this when we found out about Phil doing the Macworld Keynote, but this is the period at the end of the sentence in my opinion.
Best wishes to Steve, and his family. We hope to see you back, in good form, soon!