Steve Jobs Announces Medical Leave of Absence, Plans to “Focus on [His] Health”
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has just sent out a release announcing that he will be taking a medical leave of absence of indeterminate length. Jobs, who did not disclose the nature of the health issue provoking the leave, took a medical leave of absence in 2009 due to pancreatic cancer, and received a liver transplant the same year.
The full release:
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.
Here’s to Mr. Jobs’ speedy and healthy recovery.