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"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."
—-Jobs on announcing he's stepping down as CEO

JOBS OUT AS CEO AT APPLE

Company Guru Says He'd Like to Remain as Chairman, Director and "Apple Employee"
Steve Jobs sent a letter to the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community this morning announcing that he's stepping down as CEO.

Jobs has been on medical leave since January. He previously took a leave of absence in 2009 when he received a liver transplant, then returned to the company. He recovered from pancreatic cancer after surgery in 2004.

The Apple Board named Tim Cook, previously 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.

After hours trading on Apple stock was halted immediately in the wake of the news.

“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 Apple Board member Art Levinson. “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. 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.”

The following is Jobs' letter to the Board:

"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.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

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 many years of being able to work alongside you."

Steve
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