So by now you’ve probably heard – Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave, and plans to return in June. According to the memo that was just released, Steve does not focus on the fact that he has medical problems, but rather the fact that his health issues are a distraction to him and everyone around him. Additionally, he states that his health issues are more “complex” than he originally thought… and lets be honest, he doesn’t look too well in the picture above taken in 2009 by Reuters. At this time, shares have fallen nearly 7-8%, and we can likely expect AAPL to drop more when the market re-opens tomorrow morning.
Apple COO Tim Cook will be filling the big man’s seat at the table for now, facing challenges like getting the media to look past Steve Jobs’ health, and launching the new products and services announced at Macworld by Phil Schiller.
Steve, from the team here at Gadgetell, we hope you get better soon. You can read the whole media advisory below:
January 14, 2009
Apple Media Advisory
Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:
I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.
In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.
I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.
I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.