According to a memo which was sent from Steve Jobs to all Apple employees today, the CEO of Apple has been forced to take a medical leave of absence so he can “focus on [his] health.” Read the full memo below.
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.
While the memo does state that Jobs will continue to be CEO and to have a hand in strategic decisions for the company, there is no mention of for how long he will be gone from the spotlight. Similarly as in 2009 Tim Cook will oversee Apple’s day to day operations. It’s unclear whether this leave of absence is related to his 2009 liver transplant or his earlier battles with pancreatic cancer.
We are however guessing that more news will be released tomorrow during the quarterly earnings call tomorrow, whatever the reason behind Jobs leave of absence, we wish him a speedy recovery.