Steve Jobs medical leave of absence

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January 14, 2009

Apple Media Advisory

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:


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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Monty Solomon
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That's sad. He is a smart guy, but everyone wants him dead.

Extracts from Bloomberg's premature Steve Jobs obituary:

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Well that's his health he's talking about...and he deserves a time out even if it takes a year.

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The company with survive and do ok, Apple has a lot of telent, many have been there since the start. It is not a one man company, Steve Jobs is the front man for Apple, he ran the business end at the start when Woz was the man everyone saw. I know a lot of people there, for many years I ran an Apple II BBS and later wrote software for the machine.

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