Apple has confirmed that CEO Steve Jobs is taking a six-month leave of absence and putting Tim Cook in charge of day-to-day operations for the company. Jobs’ internal e-mail is copied below.
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.
Steve Jobs Takes ‘Medical Leave’ from Apple – Valleywag
Apple’s Steve Jobs: “I Have Decided to Take a Medical Leave of Absence” – All Things Digital
Apple’s Chief Taking a Medical Leave – The New York Times