Steve Jobs sent out an impromptu letter yesterday announcing his resignation as Apple CEO, effectively immediate. Steve Jobs has a long and storied history as co-founder and long-time head of Apple Inc, and it is easy to argue his importance in shaping the technology landscape as it is today.
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
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.
Tim Cook, COO and acting CEO during Steve’s three leaves, will take the role as permanent CEO going forward. By all accounts, this is a great decision and bolds well for Apple’s continued success; the best guy to take over for an irreplaceable man.
Plenty of people have plenty to say about Steve’s resignation, and the next few weeks is sure to see many more pieces about his tenure, and a post-Steve Apple. For the time being, here are a few links for some further reading:
- Steve Jobs’s Apple: a timeline (Engadget)
- Steve’s Greatest Hits (Wired Gadget Lab)
- Why did Steve Jobs recommend Tim Cook to replace him as CEO rather than Jonathan Ive or Scott Forstall? (MG Siegler)
- Resigned (Daring Fireball)
- Essay: Jobs’s Departure as CEO of Apple Is the End of an Extraordinary Era (All Things D)
- An Apple without Steve Jobs, and other questions yet to be answered (This is My Next)
- Exclusive: Tim Cook e-mails Apple employees: “Apple is not going to change” (Ars Technica)
Congratulations to Steve Jobs on all of his accomplishments that have impacted so many, and we look forward to his continued work at Apple as Chairman of the Board.