Apples karismatiske topchef, Steve Jobs, fratræder sin stilling på grund af sygdom.
Steve Jobs skal ikke længere være frontfiguren i Apple.
I et åbent afskedsbrev, offentliggjort på Apples website, lader Jobs indirekte forstå, at det er kræft-sygsommen der har plaget ham siden 2004, der er årsagen til beslutningen.
- "Jeg har altid sagt, at hvis der nogensinde kom en dag, hvor jeg ikke længere kunne løse mine opgaver og indfri forventningerne som Apples adm. direktør så ville jeg være den første til at give jer besked om det. Desværre er den dag kommet," skriver Steve Jobs.
Jobs fortsætter dog, som bestyrelsesformand i Apple.
Den hidtil næstkommanderende i Apple, Tim Cook, overtager Steve Jobs nuværende position.
Sammen med Ronald Wayne grundlagde Steve Jobs Apple tilbage i 1976.
- Tim Cook er manden der skal overtage Apple
- De bedste citater fra Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple
Tim Cook Named CEO and Jobs Elected Chairman of the Board
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apple's Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple's Chief Operating Officer, as the company's new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.
"Steve has made countless contributions to Apple's success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple's immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration."
"Steve's extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world's most innovative and valuable technology company," said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple's Board. "Steve has made countless contributions to Apple's success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple's immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration."
"The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO," added Levinson. "Tim's 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does."
Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.
As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company's worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple's supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple's Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
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