This news came as a shock for technology world, the most successful, innovative and creative CEO of one of the most popular company has resigned from his post today. Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple Inc. has resigned as its chief executive officer and named Tim Cook as his successor.
Steve Jobs will now serve as chairman of the board and Cook, previously Apple’s chief operating officer, will join the board with immediate effect.
In a letter to the ‘Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community‘, Jobs said, “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come. I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the board sees fit, as chairman of the board, director and Apple employee,” he said in the letter.
Jobs, 55, submitted his resignation to Apple’s board of directors today and ‘strongly recommended’ that the board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook, 50, as CEO.
“In his new role as chairman of the board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration,” he said.
It was his leadership under which Apple survived from being shut down and touched the heights of becoming the world’s most iconic company.
He is the visionary behind some of Apple’s most iconic and bestseller products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Under his leadership, Apple revolutionised the music business through the iPod, the mobile business through the iPhone and the entertainment and media world through the iPad.
Jobs was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant two years ago. In a letter in January this year, he said he was taking another leave of absence to ‘focus on my health’.
He however emerged in few big occasions, one of them was when Apple launched the second generation iPad in March 2011. And then in June, he was on stage in San Francisco to talk about iCloud, Apple’s latest foray into cloud-based computing.
“I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
“I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple and I thank you all for the manyyears of being able to work alongside you,” Jobs said.
We wish the very best for Apple and its former CEO Steve. Apple may continue to grow and follow the visions of Steve Jobs even in his absence. The new CEO, Tim Cook have now lots of things to do and keep the Apple running at this pace.